52 Tuesdays


Sixteen-year-old Billie can’t believe her mother has decided to undergo gender reassignment surgery. James – as her mother now prefers to be known – has always wanted to be a man. The challenging journey will take one year. When Billie learns that she is to live with her father Tom in the meantime, she feels her own wishes have been ignored. James’ promise to spend every Tuesday afternoon with her is scant comfort. Nonetheless, James tries to observe his motherly responsibilities, while he goes through this change. There’s plenty going on in Billie’s own life, too. Enthralled by a clandestine amorous encounter between two pupils, she joins in. As a trio they continue to explore the parameters of their desires until their search for self-determination brings them into conflict with the adult world. When James tries to protect Billie, their already fragile relationship threatens to collapse. Sophie Hyde, known for her documentary films, makes use of a documentary style in her first drama. In order to achieve as much authenticity as possible,


  • Runtime

    114' min
  • Country

  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Sophie Hyde
  • Cast

    Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Mario Späte, Beau Travis Williams, Sam Althuizen, Imogen Archer
  • Production Company

    Closer Productions
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film
  • Teddy Award Winner

    TEDDY Readers Award

Biography Sophie Hyde

Born in 1977 in Adelaide, Australia. Her short films have screened at numerous international film festivals and the documentary film SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE, that she produced, premiered at Sundance in 2011. She is currently a recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

Filmography Sophie Hyde

2007 My Last Ten Hours with You | 2009 Necessary Games | 2010 Elephantiasis | 2011 Life in Movement | 2013 52 Tuesdays