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Jamie: Drag Queen at 16

  • 2011
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

Documentary focusing on the life of teenager Jamie Campbell as he shares his dream of becoming a drag queen with his peers. The programme follows the 16-year-old as he embarks on a journey to discover more about his future vocation, meeting an established artist and performing as his alter ego for the first time to a large audience

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Review

Jamie Campbell is a brave young man. A gay teenager in a sleepy ex-mining town in County Durham, he hasn’t had a day in which he hasn’t been verbally abused for being “different, a freak”. In such a macho environment his bold response to his bullies is to reveal one secret he hasn’t even told his closest friends: he plans to come out as a drag queen at his school prom.

It’s a high-risk strategy that has his mum worrying about his personal safety. You may wonder then if getting a film crew to follow someone so young during such a pivotal and fraught period of his life is not actually exploitative. And while Jamie is fully prepared to strut and pout for the cameras, and the film is very affecting, you can’t ignore the feeling that it may ultimately not do him any favours.

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ProducerJenny Popplewell
DirectorJenny Popplewell
Executive producerJes Wilkins
Executive producerTom Barry
Executive producerMark Soldinger

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