Australia, 2013 / 109 min / Original English version with French and Dutch subtitles / Drama
One day a week, every week for a year.
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.
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 exploration of desire, responsibility and transformation.
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“The moving story is presented in a fascinating structure and convinces with strong characters, humour, clever ideas and sensitivity.”- Berlinale, Crystal Bear, 2014
"Adelaide's Sophie Hyde has with her debut feature, '52 Tuesdays', produced a powerful and progressive piece of cinema that defies formal, social and narrative expectations. With memorable characters and exceptional performances helping to shore up an intriguing structural gimmick, it’s a bold and original coming-of-age drama" - Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
“Honest, insightful and bravely against the grain, '52 Tuesdays' is a magnificent debut for cast and filmmaker alike.”- Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
“This accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera.”- Geoff Berkshire, Variety 2014
"The film is beautifully rendered and is at times touching, hilariously funny and thought provoking. The theme of gender and sexuality is explored in a way that isn’t preachy or clumsy but instead is an integral part of a fascinating human story." - Chris Bridges, thegayuk.com
- Best Director - Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Dramatic Competition 2014; Crystal Bear, Youth Jury – Berlinale, Generation 14plus 2014; Elese-Siegessäule Readers' Jury Award - Berlinale 2014; Awgie Award: Best Original Screenplay, Australian Writers
Sophie Hyde was born in 1977 in Adelaide.Her short films and documentaries have screened widely at film festivals internationally and have won numerous awards. In 2010 she produced the feature-length documentary "Shut Up Little Man!", an audio misadventure, which premiered at Sundance 2011. That year she also produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed feature documentary "Life in Movement". "52 Tuesdays" is her first feature-length motion picture.
- 52 Tuesdays, 2013
- Life in Movement, 2011 (co-director)
- Elephantiasis (short), 2010
- Necessary Games (short), 2009
- My Last Ten Hours with You (short), 2007
- Ok, Let’s Talk About Me (short), 2005