In the new trailer for Amazon’s feature musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Lauren Patel, who plays Pritti, tells the titular drag queen hopeful and BFF played by Max Harwood: “Stop waiting for permission to be you.”
This pretty much gives us the vibe of this empathetic musical extravaganza of acceptance.
Directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Tom MacRae, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is inspired by true events. The story follows Jamie New (Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after they leave school, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition to become a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Patel) and his loving mum (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support, while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But Jamie also has to contend with an unsupportive father (Ralph Ineson), an uninspired careers advisor (Sharon Horgan), and some ignorant school kids who attempt to rain on his sensational parade. In rousing and colourful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to overcome prejudice, be more accepting, and to step out of the darkness into the spotlight. The film also stars Shobna Gulati, Adeel Akhtar, and Samuel Bottomley.
The feature is based on the musical of the same name with music by Dan Gillespie Sells Gill a book and lyrics by MacRae. The musical was inspired by Jenny Popplewell’s 2011 docu Jamie: Drag Queen at 16.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is debuts on Prime Video on September 17 and will open Outfest’s 39th annual film festival on August 13 in Los Angeles. Check out the poster below and watch the trailer above.