Amazon has just released its film adaptation of the West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and newcomers to the story are wondering if the premise is based on a true story.
The film follows Jamie New, a 16-year-old drag artist who struggles to be his true self within his northern community. Amazon’s film is the recent feature in a string of adaptations, as the musical was inspired by the BBC Three documentary, ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’, and the West End show then went on to inspire the film.
The True Story of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
The real-life Jamie New is actually named Jamie Campbell – a now 22-year-old from an old mining village close to Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
Jamie always liked to play dress-up and came out as gay at the young age of 14. Jamie has previously talked about the bullying he suffered at primary school, which worsened when his sexuality became a target.
Jamie has credited his mother for being a tremendous support system throughout his bullying, reassuring him that there was nothing wrong with being different.
When Jamie’s school prom was coming up, he wanted to wear a dress to the event, and a documentary team was contacted to record the process. The documentary was also summoned as security for Jamie’s safety, as he feared other students would beat him up.
Once word had got out about what Jamie was planning to do, many parents contacted the school to complain and he was initially not let into prom.
Eventually, the students began to cheer and support Jamie and he was finally allowed in to celebrate his prom.
Jamie Campbell Reveals Which Parts of the Film are Real
In an interview with OK!, Jamie explained which facts from the Amazon Original were from his own story.
Firstly, Jamie’s real-life upbringing in County Durham was replaced by Jamie New’s base in a Sheffield council estate.
Jamie New’s on-screen best friend Pritti Pasha does not exist in real life but she is loosely based on Jamie’s real friend Sam.
Lastly, Jamie confirmed that there was more than one bully he had to deal with, rather than the sole antagonist featured in the film.