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Everybody's Talking About Jamie star Max Harwood says film 'completely faithful' to story

Excl: Rising star teases drag queen teen film role from red carpet of tonight's 2020 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, sponsored by Jaguar

2020-12-01

Everybody's Talking About Jamie star Max Harwood has teased the upcoming film, saying it's "completely faithful" to the original.

The rising star was speaking from the red carpet of today's 2020 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar - which you can watch from the Attitude YouTube account from 9pm.

In the film, Harwood plays a British drag-loving teen who must overcome resistance from schoolmates and relatives to pursue his dreams.


The film is based on Tom MacRae's 2017 stage show, itself inspired by the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 directed by Jenny Popplewell.

"With twists and turns for cinematic pleasure"

“I would say it’s completely faithful [to the show]. We have all of the original creatives - the original director, the original composer and book writer. So it’s completely faithful to the original, with twists and turns for cinematic pleasure, I guess.”

Speaking about the filmmaking process, Harwood said: “It was daunting because obviously lots of people have played the role before on stage.

“But to bring it to the big screen is so important. The fact this story is going to be shared worldwide now is just everything. The experience was a big, big, big learning curve and I feel very, very, very lucky.”

Everybody's Talking About Jamie is due for release in 2021.

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