Photo Credit Sundance Film Festival. Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane and Chloë Grace Moretz in The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
The first 26 films to show at the 65th annual Sydney Film Festival have been announced and there are three must-see lesbian movies on offer - The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Disobedience and Anchor And Hope. The full program will be announced on May 9 and the festival runs from June 6 - 17.
Based on the 2012 coming of age novel of the same name by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post stars Chloë Grace Moretz in a role that is garnering universally positive reviews. Set in the 1990s, Cameron is an orphaned teenage girl who is sent to a Christian sexual conversion therapy camp by her conservative Aunt.
Directed by bisexual Iranian-American writer/directory Desiree Akhavan, who wrote and directed the 2014 Sydney Film Festival favourite Appropriate Behaviour, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize in the US Dramatic category at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and it is considered one of the most important films of 2018.
On the red carpet at the Sundance world premiere of the film, Moretz told the AFP that "The (Trump) administration actually completely believes in conversion therapy.”
"(Vice President) Mike Pence tried to get it state-funded when he was senator, so it is a very real problem."
Akhavan’s girlfriend pushed her to direct the movie and Moretz told a press conference at Sundance that the filmmakers were all passionate about bringing awareness to the continued use of sexual conversion therapy in the United States.
"On behalf of the entire Cameron Post team we want to dedicate this to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy," she said.
"We just wanted to make this movie to shine a light onto the fact that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 states in this country to practice sexual conversion therapy."
We’re all waiting to see Disobedience, based on Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel about forbidden lesbian love in the Orthodox Jewish community in London. It stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola and is directed by Chilean Sebastián Lelio, who wrote and directed A Fantastic Woman.
Weisz plays Ronit Krushka, McAdams is Esti Kuperman and Nivola is Rabbi Dovid Kuperman, Esti’s husband. The story follows Ronit, a bisexual 32-year-old non-practicing Orthodox Jew from London who is working in New York and having an affair with her married male boss. After the death of her estranged father, a rabbi, Ronit returns to the London Orthodox Jewish community which ostracised her as a teenager because of her attraction to Esti. On returning home, Ronit finds her Rabbi cousin Dovid married to Esti and poised to take over from her father. Esti and Ronit’s passion reignites, forcing Esti to confront her feelings and her religious repression and fight for her personal freedom.
Disobedience opens in cinemas in the USA in April, in the UK in September and around Australia in June.
From Carlos Marques-Marcet, the Spanish writer/director of Long Distance, Anchor And Hope is about lesbian couple Eva and Kat, who live on a canal boat in London. Eva desperately wants to have a baby while Kat doesn't really want to be a mother. But when Eva’s best friend Roger comes to visit from Barcelona, the girls drunkenly decide to use him as a sperm donor.
The film is a humorous look at what makes a modern family, as these thirty-somethings face the consequences of their decisions.
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