The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior, SFF 2014) won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for her latest film, a moving comedy-drama set in a 'gay conversion' camp. 16 year-old Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass) is living with her born-again Evangelical aunt while secretly sleeping with the prom queen. When the girls are caught in the back of a car, Cameron is sent to God’s Promise, a Christian conversion therapy centre where teens are 'cured' of their homosexual attractions. It’s in this surreal setting that she forms a close bond with two friends, Jane (Sasha Lane, American Honey, Heart Beats Loud, SFF 2018) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck, The Revenant). Akhavan says of the process the characters go through: “A lot of the story to me…is that moment when you realise that the adults don’t have all the answers. Or maybe any answers. Everything you’re told comes from people who have been alive longer and you just assume it’s correct. But then at a certain point, you have to decide for yourself what’s right.” Akhavan charmed SFF audiences with her hilarious debut Appropriate Behavior, in which she played a bisexual Persian woman concealing her true self from her family. She finds wit and poignancy again in this timely film about sexuality and self-acceptance.
Desiree Akhavan is the writer, director and star of Appropriate Behavior, which premiered at Sundance in 2014 and was nominated for Best First Screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards. She is also the co-creator and star of the web series The Slope with Ingrid Jungermann. She is now based in London and working on a new comedy series for Channel 4.