The Miseducation of Cameron Post is the new film from director Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour). It is adapted from a 2012 novel by Emily M Danforth alongside Cecilia Frugiuele and received the Grand Jury prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It tells the story of young Cameron Post growing up in 90s Montana, who is caught getting it on with her friend Coley in the back seat of a car at her Homecoming dance. Her aunt and guardian promptly sends her off to God’s Promise, a Christian gay conversion therapy camp.
With Chloë Grace Moretz leading the charge as Cameron, this unique coming-of-age film explores a taboo topic with delicacy and sensitivity, resisting easy stereotypes and judgements on all sides, and draws on Akhavan’s own struggles with acceptance of her bisexuality. Brilliant supporting performances from Sasha Lane (American Honey), Forrest Goodluck and Jennifer Ehle complete a beautifully understated depiction of the messy, sexy, confusing experience of finding one’s identity – and realising the grown-ups have no idea what they’re doing.
We had the chance to speak with Akhavan and Moretz at the film’s premiere in London about why they were drawn to the story, why it was important to avoid cliche and caricature in dealing with such a sensitive topic and the need for more recognition and backing for female-directed and female-driven cinema.
We also spoke to co-writer and producer Cecilia Frugiuele about why she wanted to bring this story to the big screen and what it was like working with the cast.
By Sarah Bradbury. First published on The Upcoming on 23rd August 2018.
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post is released nationwide on 7th September 2018.
Watch the trailer for The Miseducation of Cameron Post here: