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George MacKay and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett to star as lovers in gay drag queen revenge thriller

Femme tells the story of a London drag queen who is violently attacked by a group of men.

2022-05-11

Words: Jack Pengelly; Images: Wiki Commons (left) and WarnerMedia

George MacKay and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett to set to play lovers in an upcoming gay revenge thriller.

Femme, based on a 2021 BAFTA-nominated short film of the same name, tells the story of a London drag queen who is violently attacked by a group of men.

When the queen spots one of her attackers in a gay sauna, she realises that he doesn’t recognise her out of drag and begins to plot her revenge.⁠⁠

Directors Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping are looking forward to bringing a new, LGBTQ lens to thriller cinema, stating: “We are huge fans of thrillers, but we felt that the predominantly hyper-masculine genre often excludes the queer perspective.

"By putting a gay protagonist at the heart of a thriller, we aim to invert expectations, and push stories from the margin, and ourselves as queer artists, into the mainstream.”⁠

While neither of the film’s leading cast is openly LGBTQ, both have a history of portraying gay characters: George MacKay starred in 2014’s Pride where he played Joe Cooper, a young man who joins the activist group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. 

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett has a longer history of portraying gay characters, starring as Belize in Angels In America during its National Theatre run alongside Andrew Garfield.

More recently he played a gay school councillor in HBO’s Generation, and also opposite Bill Skarsgard as his love interest in AMC’s Soulmates.

Production for Femme begins in June.