The bootcamp is led by vindictive therapist Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton), who aims to instill the belief that homosexual urges are learned and can therefore be un-learned. Meanwhile, Jared’s loving mother (Nicole Kidman) stays in a nearby hotel, struggling to reconcile her protective maternal instincts with her devout Christianity. His father (Russell Crowe) is a Baptist pastor, whose sympathies for his son’s sexual identity are more painfully strained.
Garrad Conley’s acclaimed 2016 memoir Boy Erased gives the film its origins. It is the second film from actor, director and screenwriter Joel Edgerton (following his directorial debut with The Gift) who took on the project after being deeply moved by Conley’s book.
Joel Edgerton plays Victor Sykes, the head therapist at gay conversion therapy centre Loving Action in Boy Erased
‘I wish this film didn’t exist’, he says, referring to the injustice of gay conversion therapy, a practice which affects some 700,000 thousand Americans today. Boy Erased will be the second major studio film to examine the practice in recent years, following Desiree Akhavan’s award-winning sensation, The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
The new trailer grounds the deep emotional weight of Boy Erased, confronting the nightmarish reality of gay conversion therapy with the relationships that shaped Jared's courage to become who he always was. Lucas Hedges promises a deeply charged performance, at once vulnerable and unafraid.
Hitting UK cinemas in Febuary 2019, the film has all the ingredients for both serious awards consideration and legitimate education. The tone is darker than Cameron Post, while still highlighting the same problem across America – there are still over 77,000 people being held in gay conversion therapy to this day. Hopefully with films like Boy Erased, awareness begets change.
|What||Boy Erased with Lucas Hedges exposes nightmares of gay conversion therapy|
08 Feb 19 – 08 Feb 20, Times vary
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