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‘Freak Show’ Review: Trudie Styler’s Directorial Debut Isn’t Nearly As Fabulous As Its Trans-Visionary Hero

16 February 2017 7:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s no denying that Billy Bloom is the most flamboyantly fabulous character in the history of high school movies — it’s not even close. A “trans-visionary gender obliviator” who’s been forcibly relocated from the liberal enclave of Darien, Ct (“hometown of Chloë Sevigny!”) to an anonymous red state somewhere in flyover country, Billy struts into the heartland like Boy George showing up for a round of golf at Mar-a-Lago.

In fact, he even dresses like Boy George on the first day of class, riling up the cartoonishly conservative student body in the process. The local teens, insufferable archetypes who range from a Trump-quoting mean girl to an All-American football star with half a brain and a heart of gold, have no idea what to make of the colorful new kid, and they don’t have the slightest prayer of keeping up with his restless creativity or the fearlessness »

- David Ehrlich

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Berlinale 2017: Freak Show Review

15 February 2017 9:02 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape


Though the shooting of Trudie Styler’s Freak Show predates the victory of a certain Donald Trump, it’s a film that feels remarkably pertinent, exploring the perpetual conflict between free-thinkers and the narrow-minded, the liberals against the ignorant – and how it seems that, in most cases these days, it’s the latter who come out on top. This is an incongruity that has been studiously, and playfully examined in this indelible drama, through the prism of cross-dressing teenager Billy Bloom.

Alex Lawther makes his American debut in the aforementioned role, a young man who thrives in being fabulous. Owing much to his eccentric, gloriously extravagant mother – who he affectionately calls Muv (Bette Midler), he is forced to go and live with his far more conservative father (Larry Pine) and thus begin life at a new school. Contemplating toning down his vibrant choice of attire, he thinks better of it, »

- Stefan Pape

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Berlin Film Festival Reveals Final Films in Generations Sidebars Aimed at Young Audiences

13 January 2017 9:17 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Berlin on Friday unveiled the final titles in its Generations sidebars, Generation 14plus and Generation Kplus, for films targeting younger audiences.

Freak Show, the directorial debut of British producer (and wife of Sting) Trudie Styler, will have its world premiere in Berlin's Generation 14plus section. The teen drama stars Alex Lawther as a student at a conservative high school who decides to campaign to become homecoming queen. Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, Laverne Cox, Larry Pine and Ian Nelson co-star.

Among the other world premieres in the Generations sidebar this year are Chinese drama The Foolish Bird, from Huang Ji and »

- Scott Roxborough

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Berlin 2017: full Generations line-up revealed

13 January 2017 9:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Youth-focused Berlinale sidebar will feature 62 short and feature films from 41 countries.Scroll down for full list

The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the completed list of titles that will play in this year’s Generations sidebar, which focuses on youth and children’s films.

In total, there are 62 short and feature-length films hailing from 41 countries.

Titles include the world premiere of Carla Simon’s coming-of-age feature debut Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993), which has already been snapped up by New Europe Film Sales.

Among the further films added are features from China, the USA and Korea.

As previously announced, Michael Winterbottom’s music documentary On The Road will open the Generation 14plus programme this year.

Further films playing in the strand include Dash Shaw’s My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, which features the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham and Susan Sarandon, and 2016 Tiff Platform title Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves »

- (Tom Grater)

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