16-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week – only on Tuesdays – these unique filmmaking rules bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility and transformation.
FILMLAB presents a CLOSER production in association with THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FILM CORPORATION and ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL “52 TUESDAYS” TILDA COBHAM-HERVEY DEL HERBERT-JANE editor BRYAN MASON composer BENJAMIN SPEED cinematographer BRYAN MASON produced by BRYAN MASON MATTHEW CORMACK REBECCA SUMMERTON and SOPHIE HYDE story by MATTHEW CORMACK and SOPHIE HYDE screenplay by MATTHEW CORMACK directed by SOPHIE HYDE
Sophie Hyde’s directorial debut, 52 Tuesdays, is a one of a kind film. The fascinating aspect of this intimate story is also the unique form representing the chronology of the story, as it was shot every Tuesday for 52 consecutive weeks. The filmmakers had set themselves the same rule, that they could only shoot on Tuesdays up until midnight and only consecutively, so whatever filmed on that day is what happens in the story on that day. The writers, Matthew Cormack and Sophie Hyde, created the structure first before they decided on character and story. Led by the very real performances of the collaborators playing the mother, “James” (Del Herbert-Jane) and teenage daughter “Billie” (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), the actors, all non-professional, were given the script one week at a time and only given the scenes that they were in. Consequently, the audience is also invited to experience this narrative alongside the characters and actors.
Best Director, World Cinema Dramatic – Sundance Film Festival 2014
Crystal Bear – Berlinale 2014
Elese-Siegessäule Readers’ Jury Award – Berlinale 2014
Best Original Screenplay – AWGIE Awards 2014
Special Jury Prize, Freddy Awards – Rio International Film Festival 2014
Best Feature Audience Award – Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2014
Best First Feature – Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2014
Best Film – Divergenti Festival (Festival del Cinema Trans) 2014
Spirit of Gaze – GAZE International LGBT Film Festival 2014
Eye of Youth, Audience Award – Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2014
Best Feature – South Australian Screen Awards 2014
Nominated – Best Feature – Teddy Awards 2014