Jan 12, 2018 Release Date:
95 min Runtime:
Freak Show is an American comedy-drama film directed by Trudie Styler and written by Patrick J. Clifton & Beth Rigazio, based on the novel of the same name by James St. James. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 14, 2017. Principal photography on the film began on October 27, 2015, in New York City.
The story is about Billy Bloom, a queer and gender-explorative teen who gets transferred to a new high school in the conservative South. Bloom enjoys wearing makeup, dressing in drag, and disabusing the notions of traditional gender presentation. He makes some friends in school and beings toning down his gender appearance until he decides that it isn’t worth it anymore, and runs for Homecoming Queen. After all, many are the privileged suburban teenager who has declared their life wilder and wackier than anyone else’s.
The movie finds its ostensible plot about an hour in after Billy decides to compete with an evangelical classmate for the title of homecoming queen. The whole story is charming and adorable and sorely needed into today’s environment. It premieres in select theaters and on-demand across all platforms on January 12, 2018
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