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52 Tuesdays
    2013, 114 minutes, color, Australia, World Dramatic
    Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic



    Sixteen-year-old Billie is blindsided by the news that her mother is planning to transition from female to male and that, during this time, Billie will live at her father’s house. Billie and her mother have always been extremely close, so the two make an agreement they will meet every Tuesday during their year apart. As her mother transitions and becomes less emotionally available, Billie covertly explores her own identity and sexuality with two older schoolmates, testing the limits of her own power, desire, and independence.

    Director Sophie Hyde’s methodical, but organic, approach to filmmaking results in a deeply authentic, bittersweet, and textured experience. The fictional 52 Tuesdays was shot on a regimen of chronological Tuesdays, allowing the characters to develop and evolve visually and emotionally, their natural highs and lows unfolding before us. The role of technology becomes central as both parent and child use modern tools to document and alter their lives, impelling themselves—and everyone around them—to arrive at a place of naked honesty. - K.Y.

    About the Director

    Sophie Hyde makes provocative, intimate drama and documentary work. Her short films and documentaries have screened widely at international film festivals and won numerous awards. She produced the feature documentary Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. That year she also produced and codirected the acclaimed feature documentary Life in Movement. Hyde is a cofounder of the screen media company Closer Productions and current recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

    Cast and Credits

    Director: Sophie Hyde

    Screenwriters: Matthew Cormack, screenplay and story; Sophie Hyde, story

    Producers: Bryan Mason, Matthew Cormack, Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde

    Cinematographer: Bryan Mason

    Editor: Bryan Mason

    Composer: Benjamin Speed

    Principal Cast: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Imogen Archer, Mario Späte, Beau Williams, Sam Althuizen

    Contact: Visit Films / info@visitfilms.com