Closing Film drama touches on conversion therapy

Boy Erased At HIFF

The Hamptons International Film Festival returns for its 26th year Thursday, October 4, through Monday, October 8, with an anticipated Closing Night Film, Boy Erased.

Making its East Coast Premiere, Boy Erased is a coming-of-age drama directed by Joel Edgerton. It follows the story of a 19-year-old boy living in a small American town, the son to a Baptist pastor. Upon being outed to his parents as being gay, he was sent to conversion therapy, Refuge, a church program aiming to reinforce gender roles, by his parents to cure his “homosexual disease.” Academy Award-winning actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe play the parents to Academy Award-nominated actor Lucas Hedges, and director Joel Edgerton stars as the head therapist.

The film is based on the true-life story of Garred Conley (who is expected to show at the screening on October 8) and was previously screened at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It will be screened on Monday, October 8, at 7 PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Tickets are $35.

For more information, visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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