Elliot Page is set to produce a new queer cheerleading drama, Backspot, which also marks the directorial debut from his production company.
Elliot Page is set to produce a new queer cheerleading drama, backstitch. Page is a Canadian actor and producer best known for his role in the 2007 film Juno, which earned him an Oscar nomination, among dozens of other accolades. More recently, Page starred in the Netflix TV series The Umbrella Academy like Viktor Hargreeves, who will enter his final season in 2023 or 2024.
While Page has been an actor since 1997, when he was 10 years old, he started producing films in 2015. Page produced two films in 2015, In the forest and Freein which he also starred. Page earned multiple executive producer credits in the 2016 TV documentary series gaycation, in which Page traveled the world alongside his friend and producer Ian Daniel to find out what LGBTQ+ issues look like around the world. In 2021, Page launched his own production company, called Page Boy Productions, which is a division of Universal Studio Group. According to the company, Page Boy’s mission is to “pursue storytelling that prioritizes safety, representation, and intersectional equity in all facets of film and television production.”
In a report of THRPage is set to produce a new cheerleading drama, titled backstitch. backstitch will be Page Boy Productions’ first film and is expected to star Reservation dogs former Devery Jacobs. The film follows two girls in a competitive cheerleading team as they navigate their careers, their romantic relationship, and their coach’s outdated ideas of what it is to be an openly queer woman.
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backstitch will be directed by DW Waterson, who is best known for his award-winning web series He’s my DJ. The film will also be produced by Waterson and Jacobs’ company Night is Y, which is an LGBTQ+ and Indigenous company based in Toronto, Canada. Jacobs and Waterson say the script for the film has been in the works for five years and that as queer creators, the backstitch the team is passionate about “tell stories of [their] communities and are thrilled to share this film, spotlighting fearless queer athletes.“
Although far from being Page’s first executive producer, backstitch is the first film of his production company. With Page being a major celebrity in the transgender and LGBTQ+ communities, as well as her recent successes with The Umbrella Academy, his involvement in the project could spell success for the independent film. Until backstitchhowever, audiences can see more of Page’s executive production work in the Italian documentary. In my namea trans-focused film that premiered last June.
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