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Friday, June 30, 2017

‘Freak Show’ tackles cliché with ‘trans-visionary’ grace (featuring Bette Midler)

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Freak Show’ tackles cliché with ‘trans-visionary’ grace


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Director Trudie Styler described “Freak Show” as a “story of resistance” — and that’s right on the mark. Adapted from the James St. James novel of the same name, the film follows queer teen Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther of “The Imitation Game” fame). Lawther’s performance is spell-binding and genuine — Billy is radiant in extravagant costumes and possesses unapologetic confidence to boot. Read More

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