‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Provides a Disturbingly Real Look at Gay Conversion Therapy Camps (Video)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the new film from Desiree Akhavan, has been getting a lot of buzz. The conversion therapy drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz premiered this January at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Drama. And now, the Miseducation of Cameron Post trailer gives the rest of us our first glimpse at the ’90s period drama.
Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the titular Cameron Post, a teen caught making out with her high school’s prom queen in the back of a car. Her religious aunt Ruth (played by Broadway actress Kerry Butler) ships her off to a conversion therapy camp called God’s Promise. (You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a serious take on the cult classic But I’m a Cheerleader.)
From the Miseducation of Cameron Post trailer, it looks like the crew went all out in making the setting look like 1993. Not just from the obvious signs, like a truck with Clinton/Gore and Nirvana stickers, but in a general feel. This writer lived through ’93, and it definitely seems legit.
The Miseducation of Camerpon Post is based on a book by Emily M. Danforth, her debut. The movie is directed and co-written by Desiree Akhavan, whom you might remember from Girls or her debut film Appropriate Behavior. Akhavan co-wrote the film with Cecila Frugiuele, who also worked with Akhavan on Appropriate Behavior.
Though The Miseducation of Cameron Post has been making the film festival rounds, it will be released to theaters in the United States on Aug. 3. The United Kingdom will have to wait a little bit more — the U.K. release isn’t until Aug. 31. The film currently has an 83% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.