Sasha Lane will star alongside Chloe Jane Moretz in the indie film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which sees a young woman forced into gay conversion therapy after she’s caught in a relationship with the prom queen.
The film is based on Emily Danforth’s 2012 novel of the same name, and Appropriate Behaviour’s Desiree Akhavan is directing. Moretz (Carrie, Neighbours 2) plays the lead, an orphan taken in by an ultra-conservative aunt, with Lane as a friend and “disciple” at the conversion clinic they are forced into in 1993.
Alongside the two former Dazed cover stars includes John Gallagher Jr., The Revenant’s Forrest Goodluck and Jennifer Ehle, as Variety reports.
The original novel was based on the real life story of Zach Stark, a teenager who chose to speak out about the horrifying “ex-gay” camp his parents forced him to endure when he came out.
The news of the film comes at a time when gay conversion therapy is again – rightfully – under mass public scrutiny, now that one of its supporters, Mike Pence, is the incoming vice-president following the election. Ken Blackwell, who will be looking after domestic policy as Trump’s team transitions into the White House, is another endorser of the treatments; he’s called homosexuality a sin, and believes gay people can be rehabilitated as if they’re criminals.
Electric shocks are used in the practice to force a person to change their sexual orientation or the gender they identify with. It’s currently banned in five U.S states: California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont and New Jersey.