With more movies released each day, each week than ever before, it seems like an age since Desiree Akhavan’s 2015 comedy, Appropriate Behaviour dropped into cinema. Yet it’s a film that left an impression and lodged into our memory. As such, we’re very excited to see what its star and maker would go on to do next.
That film was an identity-themed comedy steeped in issues of race and sexuality, which also got Akhavan nominated for Best First Screenplay at the 2015 Indie Spirit Awards. News has just dropped that she’s heading to work on her feature follow-up called The Miseducation of Cameron Post, adapted from a 2012 novel by Emily M Danforth. It looks to be as equally timely and provocative as that brilliant debut, with Chloë Grace Moretz cast as the lead in a story exploring modern sexuality.
Set in 1993, Moretz plays the orphaned Cameron, whose morally officious aunt forces her to undergo gay conversion therapy (very timely, cf Mike Pence) after she is caught kissing a prom queen. Early reports suggest it also starring Jennifer Ehle, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr, Billy Brannigan, and offers a new role for American Honey’s break-out star, Sasha Lane. Co-written with Cecilia Frugiuele, we’re super excited to see how this one turns out.
Published 21 Nov 2016
Desiree Akhavan’s feature debut as a writer/director/star is an original and charismatically honest New York comedy.