Gay Conversion Therapy Drama ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Wins Top Prize At Sundance
Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend…
Gay conversion therapy drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post won the grand jury prize this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival for its portrayal of teenagers struggling to “pray away the gay”. The movie adaptation of Emily Danforth’s acclaimed 2012 novel beat out critically-lauded dramas such as Blindspotting and Monster.
The LGBTQ film follows a teenage girl (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) who is sent to a gay conversion camp by her evangelical aunt after she is caught kissing another girl.
“We want to dedicate this award to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy,” Moretz said in her acceptance speech. “We want this movie to shine a light on the fact that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 to practice sexual conversion therapy.”
Moretz, who has two older brothers that are gay, worked with real-life victims of conversion therapy to prepare for the film.
Directed by Desiree Akhavan, the coming-of-age drama also stars Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard and Emily Skeggs.
As of Saturday night, the movie has not been picked up for distribution, and there’s no confirmed release date.