Sundance 2018 | What I'm Looking Forward To

*Written for SCREEN QUEENS*

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Dir. Desiree Akhavan)

Based on the book of the same name by Emily Danforth, in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, we follow protagonist Cameron (Chloe Moretz) as she is sent to ‘God’s Promise’, a ‘pray the gay away’ type of conversion-therapy centre. Whilst there she meets Adam (Forrest Goodluck) and Jane (Sasha Lane) and finds solace in knowing that almost everyone else forced there is against the system they’ve been thrown into.
Akhavan’s previous feature, Appropriate Behaviour, saw her writing/directorial debut and was a well-received Sundance premiere, so all eyes are on what she does next. However, being a part of the LGBTQ+ community herself, it seems the heavy and delicate content of The Miseducation of Cameron Post is in good hands.

I’m excited to see a relevant coming of age film that has the confidence to tackle the traumatic idea of gay-conversion facilities which, despite the film itself being set in 1993, do unfortunately still exist in some parts of the world and are still legal in 41 states.

I’m also looking forward to seeing more of Sasha Lane, as she gave one of my favourite performances in recent years in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey.

Colette (Dir. Wash Westmoreland)

A timely release from Still Alice director, Wash Westmoreland; Colette sees a fiercely relevant tale come to light. Everyone’s favourite period-drama darling, Keira Knightley, portrays 1900s French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, most well-known for penning the original text which formed the basis of famed film/musical Gigi.
In Colette, we learn that her husband Willy (Dominic West) originally claimed ownership of her ‘Claudine’ novels, and through her own discovering of her identity, their marriage begins to fall apart.

I cannot wait to be transported to 1900s France and see some of, what I’m sure will be, stunning costume and production design. It also seems that the film fits nicely with the current Time’s Up movement, what with a young woman’s creative voice being lost or even drowned by her husband. I hope Westmoreland will handle it as masterfully as I hope.