Gay conversion is in the sights of the film industry this year, with two high profile movie’s about the controversial and much reviled practice due to arrive. One is Boy Erased, Joel Edgerton’s movie based on Garrard Conley’s memoir about how he was sent to a gay conversion camp as a teen. The other is the Sundance Grand Jury Prize award-winning The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which has released it’s first trailer.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the titular character (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught having sex with the prom queen. Run by the strict Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.) — himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured” — the center is populated by teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” In the face of outlandish discipline, dubious methods, and earnest Christian rock songs, Cameron forms an unlikely gay community, including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane) and the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). In creating a family on her own terms, she learns what it means to empower herself and have confidence in her identity.’
Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour) directs the movie, which is due out in New York on August 3rd and Los Angeles on August 10th. It’ll be out in the UK on August 31st. Take a look at the new trailer below.