52 Tuesdays is a 2014 Australian coming of age drama film directed by Sophie Hyde, with the screenplay written by Matthew Cormack and story by Cormack and Hyde. The film centres on a teenage girl dealing with her mother transitioning gender to become a man. The film showed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival,[1] where it was not only nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, but won the Best Director Award. Over the following year it won numerous other awards and garnered global critical acclaim.

52 Tuesdays
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North American theatrical release poster
Directed bySophie Hyde
Produced byMatthew Cormack
Sophie Hyde
Bryan Mason
Rebecca Summerton
Screenplay byMatthew Cormack
Story byMatthew Cormack
Sophie Hyde
StarringTilda Cobham-Hervey
Del Herbert-Jane
Music byBenjamin Speed
CinematographyBryan Mason
Edited byBryan Mason
Distributed byCloser Productions
Release date
15 October 2013
(Adelaide Film Festival)
14 May 2014
Running time
109 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

In suburban Australia, 16-year-old Billie lives with her lesbian mother Jane, who is divorced from her father Tom, and with Jane's younger brother (Billie's uncle) Harry. One day Jane reveals plans to undergo a gender transition, now calling himself James. More importantly for Billie, James wants Billie to live with Tom for a year, with which Tom has agreed, restricting the time Billy is together with James to Tuesdays from 16:00 - 22:00, starting on 23 August. The film is divided into the corresponding 52 segments, each covering one Tuesday, and starting with a title card showing the date.

Each Tuesday, after visiting James and before returning to Tom, Billie has secret encounters with two older students, Josh and Jasmine, in an apartment Harry allows them to use. Billie films sexual experiments of the threesome.

A setback for James is that he has to stop testosterone injections because of a rare condition of his body not tolerating it.

After sending a nude photograph of herself to Jasmine, Billie gets into trouble as this is considered child pornography. The school principal, James, Tom and Jasmine strongly disapprove it. Billie is shocked that James destroys one of her tapes, and refuses further contact with him. Josh does not want physical contact with Billie anymore because of Tom's disapproval.

Later Billie is willing to destroy a remaining tape, but since it is in James's house who she no longer visits, she is dependent on Harry, who finally destroys it for her.

When the year is finished, Billie reconciles with James, and starts living with him again. Also Billie, Josh and Jasmine become friends again.

CastEdit

  • Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Billie
  • Del Herbert-Jane as James
  • Mario Späte as Harry
  • Beau Travis Williams as Tom
  • Imogen Archer as Jasmine
  • Sam Althuizen as Josh
  • Danica Moors as Lisa

ProductionEdit

52 Tuesdays was filmed in suburban Adelaide over the course of a year, every Tuesday, to fit in with the storyline of the film.[2][3] This in itself made it unique.[4] It was led by first-time actors and Hyde enjoyed the measure of intimacy and control that she had in the making of the film.[5]

Release and receptionEdit

 
52 Tuesdays won the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The film was released theatrically in Australia on 1 May 2014.

Critical responseEdit

52 Tuesdays was met with positive reviews from critics upon its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and earning an initial 86% critics' approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As of April 2019, it has earned an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

Geoff Berkshire said in Variety that the film "Demonstrates a willingness to experiment that bodes well for future endeavors."[7] David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter in his review said "A thoughtful drama about a mother and daughter whose connection is tested as they both go through intense changes."[8] Tom Clift of Concrete Playground gave a positive review, saying: "Honest, insightful and bravely against the grain, 52 Tuesdays is a magnificent debut for cast and filmmaker alike."[9]

AccoladesEdit

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards[10]
(4th)
Best Original Screenplay Matthew Cormack Nominated
Sophie Hyde Nominated
Best Editing Bryan Mason Nominated
Asia Pacific Screen Award Best Youth Feature Film Nominated
Rebecca Summerton Nominated
Matthew Cormack Nominated
Sophie Hyde Nominated
ADG Award Best Direction in a Feature Film Nominated
AFCA Awards Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Matthew Cormack Nominated
Best Actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey Nominated
ASE Award Best Editing in a Feature Film Bryan Mason Won
AWGIE Award Best Writing in a Feature Film - Original Matthew Cormack Won
Berlin International Film Festival Crystal Bear[11] Sophie Hyde Won
Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Won
Score Competition Benjamin Speed Nominated
Best Feature Film Bryan Mason Nominated
Rebecca Summerton Nominated
Matthew Cormack Nominated
Sophie Hyde Nominated
Chéries-Chéris Grand Prix Nominated
Cleveland International Film Festival ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman Nominated
Cork Film Festival Youth Jury Award Won
Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award Nominated
FCCA Awards Best Screenplay Matthew Cormack Nominated
Best Actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey Nominated
Best Editing Bryan Mason Nominated
Melbourne Queer Film Festival Best Feature Film Sophie Hyde Won
International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Camera Making Way Award Nominated
Sundance Film Festival Directing Award[12] Won
Grand Jury Prize Nominated
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Just Film Award - Special Mention Won
Just Film Award - Best Youth Film Nominated
Inside Out Film and Video Festival (Toronto) Bill Sherwood Award for Best First Feature Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Caceda, Eden (9 December 2013). "Two Aussie Features Selected For Sundance". Filmink. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ "52 Tuesdays". Adelaide Film Festival. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Australian director Sophie Hyde wins prize at Sundance film festival". The Guardian. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. ^ "52 Tuesdays". Closer Productions. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  5. ^ Marsh, Walter (28 March 2019). "Sophie Hyde on Animals, nostalgia and letting friendships die". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  6. ^ "52 Tuesdays". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Sundance Film Review: '52 Tuesdays'". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  8. ^ "52 Tuesdays: Sundance Review". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  9. ^ "52 Tuesdays". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  10. ^ "AACTA AWARDS 2014: All the nominees". SBS Movies. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  11. ^ "2014 Berlin Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  12. ^ "2014 Sundance Film Festival". Sundance.org. Retrieved 2 February 2014.

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