Chloe Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane to star in Desiree Akhavan’s next film

  • Words: Spindle

‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ is an adaptation of Emily Danforth’s coming-of-age novel about gay conversation therapy. Set in Montana in 1993, twelve-year-old Cameron Post is beginning to discover her homosexuality and developing a relationship with her friend. When the extremely conservative adults around her discover this, she is sent against her will to a ‘de-gaying’ camp.

Desiree Akhavan, writer, director and star of ‘Appropriate Behaviour,’ her brilliant feature debut, will direct the film. This film drew from her own life, exploring her bisexual character’s breakup after feeling unable to come out to her parents. Akhavan previously made the webseries ‘The Slope,’ and is currently creating the first season of a comedy series with Channel 4. She wrote the screenplay for ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ alongside Cecila Frugiuele.

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Chloe Grace Moretz will star as the lead, while Sasha Lane has been cast as her friend and ‘disciple’ at the conversation clinic they are forced to attend. Sasha Lane recently starred in Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’ to much critical acclaim. The cast will also include John Gallagher Jr, Forrest Goodluck, and Jennifer Ehle.

The news of the film is timely; the new Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, is a worryingly supporter of gay conversion therapy, as is Ken Blackwell, who will look after domestic policy as Donald Trump’s government transitions into the White House. Electric shocks have been used to force a person to ‘change’ their sexual orientation, and this practice is only banned in five states across the US. Thankfully, gay conversation therapy is subject to mass criticism from the public, and hopefully ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ will help to shine a light on these harmful beliefs and this damaging, outdated practice.