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My First Summer 15 rating

Amidst the grief of losing her mother, sheltered teen Claudia discovers friendship and love for the first time in this beautiful and sublime debut.

Drama 2020 78 mins

Director: Katie Found



Claudia has been brought up in isolation by her mother in a remote rural home miles away from the nearest town. Emotionally unequipped to cope with her mother’s suicide, Claudia hides in her ramshackle old house, her beloved dog her only company until the spirited Grace breezes into her life. The two women very quickly form a close bond, teaching each other the joy that can be found in life and falling in love along the way. But their idyllic summer can’t last forever and as the adult world closes in on them is Grace’s love strong enough to keep Claudia afloat? A remarkable debut from Katie Found, this is queer filmmaking at its best.

Originally screened in BFI Flare 2021 as part of the Hearts strand.