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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Trudie Styler’s Freak Show starring Alex Lawther & Bette Midler gets a UK release date

Entertainment Focus
Trudie Styler’s Freak Show starring Alex Lawther & Bette Midler gets a UK release date
JASON PALMER
August 29, 2018

Trudie Styler’s directorial debut Freak Show, starring Alex Lawther, AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin and Bette Midler gets a UK release date set.

Based on the award-winning cult novel by James St James and rumoured to be in the same vein as Clueless and Napoleon Dynamite, Freak Show tells the moving, heart-breaking and hilarious story of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther). Read More

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Powerful Film Is Putting The Struggles Of A Genderfluid Teen Front And Center

Huffington Post
A Powerful Film Is Putting The Struggles Of A Genderfluid Teen Front And Center
By James Michael Nichols
01/26/2018 04:35 pm ET

A new film from director Trudie Styler is placing the story of a genderfluid teen in the limelight and humanizing the struggles of young people living outside of binary notions of gender.

“Freakshow” tells the fictional story of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther). Billy is a young, queer teen who suddenly has to deal with the painful realities of a quintessential American high school after his mother (Bette Midler) pushes the responsibility for his well-being onto her husband (Larry Pine) years after their divorce. Read More

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In This ‘Freak Show,’ Conformity Is The Real Bully

WBUR
In This ‘Freak Show,’ Conformity Is The Real Bully
January 11, 2018
Scott Tobias

The funniest throwaway moment in Freak Show, an unsteady coming-of-age fantasy, finds Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a gay teenager with a penchant for sequins and feather boas, introducing himself to his new classmates at a private school somewhere in the Deep South. Oblivious to the camera phones and snickers that have already sent a hostile signal, Billy stands up in front of his biology class and announces that he’s transferring from Darien, Connecticut, “the hometown of Chloë Sevigny.” He fully expects they will know and appreciate the reference, and perhaps chat him up later about Sevigny’s eclectic career as a cult actress and fashion icon. Read More

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Trudie Styler and James St. James Shine Light on Teen Bullying In The New Movie “Freak Show”

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The Advocate
Trudie Styler and James St. James Shine Light on Teen Bullying
BY DAVID ARTAVIA
JANUARY 10 2018 5:25 AM EST

A new hero has risen in the form of eccentric teenager Billy Bloom, the character at the center of Freak Show, a film based on the award-winning cult novel by James St. James and the directorial debut of actor and activist Trudie Styler.

The film, which can be seen across most digital platforms on Friday, follows Billy (Alex J. Lawther), who once lived a fabulous life in Connecticut with his equally eccentric mother, Muv (Bette Midler). After he is shipped off to his father (Larry Pine)’s Southern mansion, his integrity is put to the test when he chooses to fight back against intolerance at an ultraconservative high school. Read More

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Film Review: Freak Show – Movie delivers nicely on both entertainment and emotional fronts

Film Journal
Film Review: Freak Show
Although it has its serious, even harrowing moments, this quirky, glitteringly gussied-up treatise on teen bullying keeps things likeably frothy and delivers nicely on both entertainment and emotional fronts.
By David Noh Jan 12, 2018

 

The hallways of high school in the Deep South constitute something like the Stations of the Cross for young, flamboyantly cross-dressing Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), who has been taken from his alcoholic Connecticut mother, Muv (Bette Midler), by his far more conventional and less fun dad (Larry Pine). In a sharp departure from the East Coast (“where,” in our hero’s words, “Chloë Sevigny is from”), the teenage yahoos at Billy’s new home as a senior hate anything unusual or even vaguely transgender. The daily bullying—amidst barrages of spitballs—is pretty ferocious. Read More

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

James St. James Talks Releasing ‘Freak Show’ Movie in Trump’s America, Working With Bette Midler & Laverne Cox

Billboard
James St. James Talks Releasing ‘Freak Show’ Movie in Trump’s America, Working With Bette Midler & Laverne Cox
1/10/2018 by Rebecca Schiller

If there were ever a time when the world needed a film about acceptance and resilience, it’s now. James St. James, the former club kid and author of Disco Bloodbath, which was later turned into the 2004 film Party Monster, is now witnessing another book of his being transformed into a cinematic production, with his 2007 young adult novel Freak Show hitting theaters Friday. Read More

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The ‘Freak Show’ Trailer Will Speak To Everyone Who Has Ever Dared To Disrupt Gender Norms

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The ‘Freak Show’ Trailer Will Speak To Everyone Who Has Ever Dared To Disrupt Gender Norms
ByAMY ROBERTS
4 days ago

If you can in some way identify with being a “gender obliterater,” then you need to watch the first trailer for Freak Show. Based on the eponymous novel by iconic club kid James St. James, the movie follows self-proclaimed gender-obliterating teenager Billy Bloom, as he traverses the difficulties of attending a Red State high school as a radical non-conformist. Bloom strikes up even more controversy when he decides to run for Homecoming Queen. Featuring a phenomenal cast including Laverne Cox, Abigail Breslin, Willa Fitzgerald, and Bette Midler as Bloom’s extravagant yet distant mother, Freak Show looks to be a proudly queer dramatic comedy (emphasis on the drama). And whether you’ve in some way lived this experience or know James’ work already, you will definitely recognize something vital within the trailer. Read More

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Outfest Closes With Freak Show Starring Bette Midler and Laverne Cox

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Outfest Closes With Freak Show Starring Bette Midler and Laverne Cox
July 13, 2017 By Tim Isaac

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We haven’t seen Bette Midler in a movie since Parental Guidance in 2012. However, she’s returning with Freak Show, which will be the Closing Night movie at this year’s Outfest LA LGBT Film Festival this Sunday. The movie has recently been picked up for release by IFC Films in the US, who have released the first clip.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), once lived a fabulous life in Connecticut, with his equally fabulous mother, Muv (Bette Midler). But when he is suddenly shipped off to his father’s (Larry Pine) Southern mansion, he finds himself a fish out of water. Read More

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Monday, June 19, 2017

‘Freak Show,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ and 10 other must-see features from the most incredible film festival season

Queerty
Freak Show,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ and 10 other must-see features from the most incredible film festival season
By David Reddish
June 15, 2017 at 5:06pm

 
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Bette Midler On Why She Wouldn’t Debate Anita Bryant:

Bette Midler On Why She Wouldn’t Debate Anita Bryant: “She’d find passages in the Bible to try and support her position, and I’m afraid I would be speaking from raw emotion.” (Morning Star, July 19, 1977)

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