The movie of my book Freak Show premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday to packed theaters and standing ovations (so I hear). By all accounts, Alex Lawther is ASTOUNDING as young Billy Bloom, the transgender student at a conservative red state school who (eventually) triumphs over bullying. IndieWire went so far as to say
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 THE HISTORY OF HIGH SCHOOL MOVIES. I’ll be damned. Fabulous!
Last summer, we had a Freak Show panel at DragCon, featuring ME, producers Bryan Rabin and Jeffrey Coulter, and the one of the wonderful stars Ian Nelson (who plays Billy’s love interest, dreamboat/football star Flip Kelly).
Watch below. And keep an eye out for more details of Freak Show screenings around the country as they happen. PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE.