Case study

52 Tuesdays (2013)


This fiction feature follows 16-year-old Billie, whose reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.

Unquiet connection
Sophie Hyde: Directed, Produced and Impact produced.  

The Closer Productions team, alongside “experience designers” Sandpit created two companion works to the film. A portable photobooth that travelled with the film, starting in Sundance’s New Frontiers program, where audiences could create images giving their own advice to their 16-year-old selves and a year-long participatory app where people could experience their own 52 Tuesdays via a series of questions and provocations that helped them build a portrait of their own year.


Premiere: Sundance Film Festival
Selected Festivals: Sundance, Berlinale


Best Director, World Cinema Dramatic – Sundance Film Festival 2014
Crystal Bear – Berlinale 2014
Elese-Siegessäule Readers’ Jury Award – Berlinale 2014
Best Original Screenplay – AWGIE Awards 2014
Special Jury Prize, Freddy Awards – Rio International Film Festival 2014
Best Feature Audience Award – Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2014
Best First Feature – Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2014
Best Film – Divergenti Festival (Festival del Cinema Trans) 2014
Spirit of Gaze – GAZE International LGBT Film Festival 2014
Eye of Youth, Audience Award – Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2014
Best Director & Best Screenplay – LesGaiCineMas Madrid International LGBT Film Festival
Youth Jury Award – Cork Film Festival 2014
Jury Award, International Youth Film – ExGround Youth Days Film Festival 2014
Best Film (Jury Award) & Best Film (Audience Award) – ‘CAN [BE] GAY’ Festival de cine LGBTIQ de Canarias 2015
Best Feature – South Australian Screen Awards 2014
Nominated Best Feature – Teddy Awards 2014
Nominated Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing – Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2015
Nominated Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress – Australian Film Critics Association 2015
Nominated Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Performance by a Young Actor – Film Critics Circle of Australia 2015