While his breakout role in 1917 thrust him into the spotlight, actor George Mackay has largely avoided big studio roles in favor of challenging performances in smaller films. Now you can add Femme to the list, a queer revenge thriller that promises to be quite the topic of conversation.
Mackay stars alongside Misfits actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett in the feature-length version of directors Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping’s short. The story follows a closeted gay man who, along with his friends, brutally attacks Jules, a drag artist on the streets of London. Jules eventually recovers, then spots his attacker in a gay sauna, and takes this as an opportunity to get some vengeance.
The film also stars Aaron Heffernan, John McCrea, Asha Reid, Peter Clements, Antonia Clarke, and Moe Bar-E.
Here’s the synopsis: With his performances as Aphrodite Banks, Jules has a place among London’s celebrated drag artists. One night after a show, he steps out to get some cigarettes and is brutally attacked by a guy out with a gang of blokes. Although Jules is able to recover physically, he withdraws from the outside world, traumatised. Months later, he recognises his attacker by chance in a gay sauna. Without make-up and wrapped only in a towel, Jules is able to approach the other man incognito and find out who he is. He begins an affair with the closeted homosexual Preston in order to take his revenge.
Femme has a UK date on December 1st but a stateside release has yet to be confirmed. Expect that to change soon.