It’s 1950s, small-town Britain. Two women discover their love for each other. Bees are involved. And because of a nosy kid and the town’s love of gossip, the women can’t canoodle in peace. This is the foundation of the upcoming Tell It To The Bees, and Out’s got the first, exclusive look at its poster and trailer.
Directed by Annabel Jankel and based on Fiona Shaw’s novel of the same name, the film stars Oscar-winning (at 11 years old!) bi-con Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood, X-Men) as Dr. Jean Markham who returns to the town she left as a teen to take over her late father’s medical practice. But when she befriends a child patient, inviting him to visit the beehives in her garden, a friendship begins with his mother, Lydia, played by Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, My Cousin Rachel). The two women find themselves drawn to each other in ways unexpected, setting off the town’s gossip mill.
The film also stars Emun Elliott, Steven Robertson, Lauren Lyle, Gregor Selkirk, and Kate Dickie.
In the trailer, which you can watch below, Grainger’s Lydia is left by a good-for-nothing man to take care of herself and her son like women for generations have been doing. At some point, they get evicted and move into childhood home of Paquin’s Markham and the sexual tension is palpable. And in a quick look at Markham rescuing Lydia from a swarm of bees from the hives in her garden with an intimate blow on her neck, we find out the two women definitely have the hots for each other. That’s followed by a titillating montage of love-making that’s interrupted by the son. And the judgmental, homophobic sentiment of the times takes over.
Tell It To The Bees hits theaters May 3rd.