Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film to feature new song performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Holly Johnson

Isobel Lewis
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 (20th Century Studios)
(20th Century Studios)

The Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film will feature a new song performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Holly Johnson.

Based on the hugely popular stage musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of a 16-year-old boy called Jamie New (newcomer Max Harwood) who dreams of being a drag queen.

Jamie is taken under the wing of Hugo (Richard E Grant), an aging former drag queen who performs under the name Loco Chanelle.

But while fans of the stage show will be familiar with the film’s musical numbers, there is a new addition to the soundtrack too.

Speaking to Empire, director Jonathan Butterell revealed that writers Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae have written a new song for the film entitled “This Was Me”.

The number soundtracks Hugo’s story as he describes his past as a young gay man living in London throughout the Aids crisis and Section 28, a ruling brought in by Margaret Thatcher’s government which made it illegal to “promote” same-sex relationships in schools.

The track will be sung Frankie Goes to Hollywood vocalist Johnson, with Butterell describing the song as “a big dance track, like a needle-drop”.

“What Hugo has to teach Jamie is history,” Butterell said. “He has to teach a young queer kid what shoulders he’s standing on. Even the queer community can forget what rights they have now comes on the back of the fight of other people.”

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie features a supporting cast which includes Sarah Lancashire, Shobna Gulati, Sharon Horgan, Adeel Akhtar and Ralph Ineson.

The film was originally scheduled for release in 2020 but has been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic.

It does not currently have a release date, but is expected to arrive later this year.

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