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‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ Composer on Bringing the ’80s Drag Story to the Big Screen

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ Composer on Bringing the ’80s Drag Story to the Big Screen

Composer Dan Gillespie Sells says he wanted to tell the story of young Jamie Campbell in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” because the central protagonist is heroic and not victimized.

In the film — now streaming on Amazon Prime Video — Jamie (Max Harwood) is a 16-year-old who dreams of becoming a drag queen. Sells, who worked on the music for the West End production and movie, says, “There are none of these victim tropes that we often get in LGBT stories.” Instead, it is a hopeful and inspiring tale of a character confident in himself.

“We put a lot of ourselves in him,” Sells says of his collaboration with director Jonathan Butterell and Tom McRae who wrote the music and lyrics. “That’s what allows me to be able to write these songs for him because I connected with him.”

Sells, who is also a member of the band the Feeling, talks

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