The Miseducation of Cameron Post (film)

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDesiree Akhavan
Produced by
  • Michael B. Clark
  • Alex Turtletaub
  • Cecilia Frugiuele
  • Jonathan Montepare
Screenplay by
  • Desiree Akhavan
  • Cecilia Frugiuele
Based onThe Miseducation of Cameron Post
by Emily M. Danforth
Starring
Music byJulian Wass
CinematographyAshley Connor
Edited bySara Shaw
Production
company
  • Beachside
  • Parkville Pictures
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 22, 2018 (2018-01-22) (Sundance)
  • August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03) (United States)
  • September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) (United Kingdom)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
Country
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$900,000[2]
Box office$1.4 million[3]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 American-British drama film directed by Desiree Akhavan, from a screenplay by Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele, based upon the 2012 novel of the same name by Emily M. Danforth. It stars Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher, Jr., Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Marin Ireland, Owen Campbell, Kerry Butler, Quinn Shephard, Emily Skeggs, Melanie Ehrlich, and Jennifer Ehle.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2018. It was released in the United States on August 3, 2018 by FilmRise, and United Kingdom on September 7, 2018, by Vertigo Releasing. It received positive reviews and has grossed $1.4 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

Teenager Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught by her boyfriend having a sexual encounter with another girl, Coley Taylor (Quinn Shephard) in the back of a car during prom night. Cameron's aunt Ruth, a devout Christian, sends Cameron to a gay conversion therapy centre for teenagers named God's Promise. It is run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.), who claims that his sisters’ methods cured him of his own homosexuality after two members of his church ‘rescued’ him from a gay bar. Cameron's assigned roommate, Erin, is an earnest believer in the camp's program.

Cameron befriends two of her fellow "disciples," Jane Fonda (Sasha Lane), who was raised in a hippie commune, and Adam Red Eagle (Forrest Goodluck), two-spirit whose father has converted to Christianity.The three teenagers bond over their mutual rebelliousness and skepticism of the camp's purpose.

During a group session, Cameron admits that she thinks Coley is "perfect" and is told by Dr. Marsh that her homosexuality stems from a misplaced urge to be like Coley. She covertly phones Coley and apologizes for how things turned out– Coley says she sent Cameron a letter, but the call is interrupted. After disrupting a kitchen chore session, Cameron has her mail privileges unexpectedly granted by Dr. Marsh. She reads Coley's letter, only to find that Coley blames her for "seducing" her into sin. Jane reads the letter with Cameron and then destroys it, calling Coley weak-willed and treacherous. Cameron calls her aunt, crying, and asks to be brought home, but is refused.

Cameron tries to adapt better to life at God's Promise, exercising with Erin to Christian work-out tapes. One night, while Cameron is having a sexual dream, Erin wakes her up and suddenly initiates a sexual encounter which Erin is immediately ashamed of and begs Cameron not to tell anyone about.

Another disciple, Mark (Owen Campbell), who had been expecting to return home shortly, is informed by letter that he must remain at the camp because his father still considers him effeminate. In a group session, Mark breaks down and begins behaving erratically until he is forcibly restrained by Dr. Marsh. That night, Cameron finds large quantities of blood in one of the bathrooms.

The next morning, Dr. Marsh and Reverend Rick call a meeting, announcing that Mark was badly injured during the night and is stable in hospital, but do not explain what happened. Several ‘disciples’ disrupt the meeting and a series of one-to-one meetings is held instead. During their one-to-one, Rick explains to Cameron that Mark mutilated his own genitals and nearly died before Adam found him. Cameron asks why the staff weren’t monitoring Mark more closely and asks Rick if he and Dr. Marsh have any idea what they are doing. Rick cannot answer her questions and bursts into tears.

A government inquiry is launched into Mark's self-mutilation, but the investigator is unwilling to accept Cameron's argument that God's Promise is inherently emotionally abusive. Disillusioned, Cameron, Jane and Adam decide to run away from the camp under the pretense of an early morning hike. Rick encounters them in the kitchen. They hike to a nearby road and hitchhike away from the camp as the film ends.

Cast[edit]

  • Christopher Dylan White as Dane Bunsky
  • Steven Hauck as Pastor Crawford
  • McCabe Slye as Brett
  • Dale Soules as Grandma

Production[edit]

In November 2016, it was announced Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher, Jr., Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle had all been cast in the film, with Desiree Akhavan directing the film, from a screenplay co-written with Cecilia Frugiuele.

Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub, Jonathan Montepare and Frugiuele served as producers, with Akhavan and Olivier Kaempfer as executive producers, under their Beachside and Parkville Pictures banners.[4][5][6]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in November 2016 in New York State.[7][8]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2018, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for US Drama, the festival's highest honor.[9][10][11] Shortly after, FilmRise and Vertigo Releasing acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to the film, respectively.[12][13] The film went onto screen at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2018.[14]

It was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on August 10, 2018,[15] at Kaleidoscope Film Festival in Arkansas[16], however it was pushed forward by a week to August 3, 2018. It was scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on August 31, 2018, but was pushed back to September 7, 2018.[17]

Critical response[edit]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post has received positive reviews from film critics. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes it has a score of 86% based on 157 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells its timely coming-of-age story with wit, compassion, and an affecting overall generosity of spirit."[18] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 69 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Anderson, Ariston (October 26, 2018). "Chloe Grace Moretz Opens Up About Acting, Anxiety and "Becoming an Adult"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (November 18, 2016). "Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane to Star in Gay Conversion Drama 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (November 18, 2016). "Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane Starring in 'Miseducation of Cameron Post'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 18, 2016). "Chloë Grace Moretz To Star In Pic Based On 'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Zukerman, Daniel (November 3, 2016). "Moretz stars in film shot in Cairo, Coxsackie". The Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  8. ^ Zukerman, Daniel (November 4, 2016). "Area is a convincing stand-in for filmmakers". The Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  9. ^ Olsen, Mark; Anderson, Tre'vell. "'The Miseducation of Cameron Post,' 'Burden' take top prizes at a quiet Sundance Film Festival". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. November 29, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Sundance Program Schedule" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (March 23, 2018). "Sundance Grand Jury Winner 'Miseducation of Cameron Post' Lands at FilmRise". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Grater, Tom (March 27, 2018). "Sundance Grand Jury prize winner 'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post' gets UK deal (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  15. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post". Laemmle Theatres. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "2018 Festival Schedule". Kaleidoscope. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  17. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post". Launching Films. Film Distributors' Association. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 1, 2018.

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