WHO’S IN IT?
Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), Xavier Dolan (Bad Times At The El Royale), Troye Sivan (Spud), Britton Sear (Unfinished Business), Théodore Pellerin (It’s Only The End Of The World), Cherry Jones (The Horse Whisperer), Flea (Baby Driver), Madelyn Cline (Savannah Sunrise), Emily Hinkler (Sandy Wexler), Jesse LaTourette (film debut), David Joseph Craig (The Gift), Matt Burke (Jurassic World), David Ditmore (Deadline)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Joel Edgerton (The Gift), director, writer, producer; Steve Golin (The Revenant) and Kerry Kohansky-Roberts (Admission), producers; Danny Bensi (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and Saunder Jurriaans (Enemy), composers; Eduard Grau (A Single Man), cinematographer; Jay Rabinowitz (8 Mile), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Jared (Hedges) is the 19-year-old son of Baptist pastor Marshall (Crowe), but when he is outed as gay to his father and mother (Kidman), he is given an ultimatum; either attend a conversion therapy program, or be permanently exiled from his faith and shunned by his friends and family. As he reluctantly attends the program, run by the ruthless Victor Sykes (Edgerton), Jared begins to fight back against its harmful teachings and attempt to find his true voice whilst being forced to question his identity…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Joel Edgerton’s second film as writer and director sees him tackling the devastating topic of gay conversion therapy, and manages to make an extremely compelling, and heavily emotional, drama led by some standout performances by Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Edgerton himself.