Everybody's Talking About Jamie film shot in Sheffield gets release date for Amazon Prime

The film of the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which was shot in Sheffield, is set to hit screens in the UK this September.

By Robert Cumber
Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 6:00 am
Everybody's Talking About Jamie the movie will launch on Amazon Prime Video on September 17 (pic: Amazon Prime Video/New Regency/Film 4/Warp Films)
Everybody's Talking About Jamie the movie will launch on Amazon Prime Video on September 17 (pic: Amazon Prime Video/New Regency/Film 4/Warp Films)

The movie, starring the likes of Sarah Lancashire and Richard E. Grant, will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on 17th September 17, it was announced today.

The eagerly-awaited film was originally scheduled for release on February 26 but this was postponed due to the pandemic. It is not know when or if it will still be shown at cinemas in the UK.

The movie has been adapted from the hit stage musical which debuted at Sheffield’s Crucible theatre in 2017 before taking the West End by storm.

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It stars Max Harwood as Jamie New with Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Sarah Lancashire and Ralph Ineson also among the cast.

The film, from New Regency, Film4 and Warp Films, was shot in Sheffield, with The Moor and Parson Cross estate among the locations to be featured.

The musical was inspired by a real-life 2011 BBC Three TV documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen At 16.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie 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 (Lancashire) shower him with endless support, while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance.

But Jamie also has to contend with an unsupportive father (Ineson), an uninspired careers advisor (Horgan), and some ignorant school kids who attempt to rain on his sensational parade.

The blurb for the film states: “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.”

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has quickly become one of the most beloved musicals of recent years.

"Jamie’s story is one that resonates across all generations – it’s about unconditional love and we know our global audiences will fall in love with Jamie as he overcomes adversity to truly find his authentic self. We are so thrilled to share this joyful and inspirational story with the world.”

Director Jonathan Butterell added, “I am thrilled that our film - the story of taking your place in the world with joy, pride and acceptance - will be winging its way across the world with the Amazon Family.

“Let’s come together to celebrate the glorious and fabulous uniqueness of each and every one of us.”

The film features hit songs including ‘And You Don’t Even Know It’, ‘The Wall In My Head’ and ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ as well as an exclusive new song ‘This Was Me’, performed by Holly Johnson, lead singer of Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie brings together the stage show’s original creators in their feature-film debuts, with Jonathan Butterell as director, screenplay and lyrics by Tom MacRae, and songs by Dan Gillespie Sells.