Drag Queen Revenge Thriller ‘Femme’ Debuts Teaser Ahead of Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

“Femme,” written and directed by Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping, has debuted a teaser and poster (below) ahead of its premiere Sunday in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett stars in the film. George MacKay. Anton International sales is handled by

The film is about Jules, a drag queen who loses her life and career to homophobia. When he encounters Preston, a deeply-closed homophobic attackr, again, Jules has a chance to take revenge. Unrecognizable out of his wig and make-up, Jules infiltrates Preston’s life, and in doing so, discovers power in a different kind of drag.

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In a statement, the directors said: “The seed of ‘Femme’ came from our desire to flip the classic hyper-masculinity of the neo-noir thriller on its head. Our revenge story featured a queer protagonist. This was to give life and style to a genre we love, but have felt excluded from.

“However, once we started work on the film, the idea began to evolve into something that felt much bigger in scope. We realized that a queer reframing of such a hetero-centric genre was the perfect way to explore – and explode – conventional ideas of sexuality, masculinity, patriarchy, and identity.”

Agile Films produced the film with support from Anton and BBC Film. Sam Ritzenberg and Myles Payne are the producers. Hayley Williams, Dimitris Birbilis and Myles Payne are the co-producers.

The directors co-wrote and co-directed the BIFA-winning, BAFTA nominated short “Femme,” starring Paapa Essiedu and Harris Dickinson, which premiered in competition at SXSW. “Femme” is their debut feature.

Sam H. Freeman has extensive experience in television. He most recently wrote the pilot for his own series with HBO Max and Bad Wolf. Other television work includes “Industry” (HBO/Bad Wolf), “This Is Going to Hurt” (BBC/Sister Pictures) and “The Power” (Amazon/Sister Pictures). His first original series “Unmasked” sold to Disney.

Ng Choon Ping recently directed a new adaptation of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” at the Hong Kong Arts Festival as well as “Macbeth” at the Bristol Old Vic. He has directed over the last decade at London’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Young Vic.

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