Wendy Jones-Blackett Adds Fluff And Glamour To ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ Film

A Wendy Jones-Blackett greeting card plays a starring role in the upcoming major film, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and is considered such an important element that it features in the official trailer that has just been released. 

The 20th Century Fox film, which is due out to be shown in cinemas from February 2021, is based on the musical of the same name which was inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. The film follows a 16-year-old Sheffield teenager as he overcomes prejudice, rejection from his own father, beats the bullies and fulfills his dream to become a drag queen.

Above: Jamie in his drag queen persona.
Above: Jamie in his drag queen persona.

It was back in July 2019 that Wendy Jones-Blackett, the creative maestro and namesake of the Chapel Allerton-based greeting card company received a strange request from someone she got to know as they walked their dogs in the same woods.

Above: Wendy and Steve Jones-Blackett with their children and Whisky, one of their two dogs.
Above: Wendy and Steve Jones-Blackett with their children and Whisky, one of their two dogs.

“She works for a company that makes props for films and when asked to create a couple of 16th birthday cards for the film, rather than making both of the cards in-house she immediately thought of us,” said Wendy. “The cards illustrate how while Jamie’s dad just didn’t understand or fully accept him, his mum clearly did.”

While his dad gave him a totally inappropriately designed card, with no relevance to Jamie’s tastes and interests, the one from his Mum (played by Sarah Lancashire in the film) was spot on, featuring fluff and glamour to befit a top drag queen.

Above: The two 16th birthday cards from his estranged parents on Jamie’s bedside table in the film.
Above: The two 16th birthday cards from his estranged parents on Jamie’s bedside table in the film.

“While the prop company made the card from his dad in-house, we were very happy to be create the card from his mum, a bespoke Cloud Nine design incorporating ‘chuffing birthday’ message in a nod to his Sheffield home as well as lots of over the top fluff and sparkle,” explains Wendy. “It was only when we sent to see the stage show in the West End that I realised how pivotal the card would be in highlighting the strength of the relationship between Jamie and his mum.”

Above: The Wendy Jones-Blackett Cloud Nine card design that was specially created for the film.
Above: The Wendy Jones-Blackett Cloud Nine card design that was specially created for the film.

Having been sworn to secrecy about the card’s appearance, Wendy is now so excited to be able to share the good news.

Above: The film is planned to screen at cinemas next February.
Above: The film is planned to screen at cinemas next February.

“It feels a bit like having one of our kids appearing in a movie! Chuffed to bits too that the film picks up on the important role cards play in all of our lives,” adds Wendy.

Click below to watch the official trailer for the film…

Top: At his last careers advice class, 16 year old Jamie states his intention to become a performer, which he does.

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