Max Harwood Lauren Patel and Jonathan Butterell Making Their Film Debut in Amazon’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie [Exclusive Interview]

Everybody's Talking About Jamie with Max Harwood and Lauren Patel

Lauren Patel and Max Harwood star in EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie marks the on-screen film debut for many people, including the lead actors Max Harwood and Lauren Patel along with directorial debut for Jonathan Butterell.

In this musical theater adaptation that is popular in the United Kingdom, the story follows a young high school boy who wants to dress in drag for the school prom.

The cast also includes Sarah Lancashire, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan, and Richard E. Grant.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Inspired by true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows Jamie New (Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after they leave school, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition to become a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Patel) and his loving mum (Lancashire) shower him with endless support, while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But Jamie also has to contend with an unsupportive father (Ineson), an uninspired careers advisor (Horgan), and some ignorant school kids who attempt to rain on his sensational parade. In rousing and colorful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspired one another to overcome prejudice, be more accepting, and step out of the darkness into the spotlight.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Richard E. Grant on Playing a Drag Queen in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie [Exclusive Interview]

LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with actors Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, and director Jonathan Butterell. We discussed the musical acts, dressing in drag, play adaptation, and making this their film debut.

Max Harwood studied at Urdang Academy before receiving the role of Jamie New in the film. Soon, he will star in Magpie alongside Tuppence Middleton.

Lauren Patel is originally from Bolton as she landed the role of Pritti Pasha in the film after responding to an open casting call for the film while studying in college.

Jonathan Butterell is a stage director and choreographer who has worked in London, New York, and around the world. He developed the stage show for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Also, his theater director credits include Alone Together, Floyd Collins, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Second Chance, Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle, Tres Ninas, and Hamlet.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently streaming on Amazon Prime today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, and Jonathan Butterell below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Amazon Studios

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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