One of the best reviewed movies coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival is undoubtedly The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, and last night it picked yp the festival’s top award, the Grand Jury Prize. Set in 1993, the film stars Chloe Moretz as a teenager who ‘is caught having a sexual encounter with the prom queen. Cameron is then forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative aunt and uncle, who are her legal guardians.’
Accepting the award, Moretz said, “On behalf of the entire ‘Cameron Post’ team we want to dedicate this to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy. We just wanted to make this movie to shine a light onto the fact that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 states in this country to practice sexual conversion therapy.”
Directed and co-written by Desiree Akhavan (director of the excellent Appropriate Behaviour), the film has been praised for its depiction of gay conversion, while ensuring the script is peppered with biting humour and a real interesting in understanding even the characters doing the ‘converting’. The film, which also stars Jennifer Ehle, John Gallagher Jr. and Quinn Shephard, doesn’t have a release date yet, but should be in cinemas later this year.
Moretz is well known for her support of LGBTQ issues, which partially stems from her having two gay brothers.