New Poster For Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased” Teases UK Audiences Who Have To Wait Until 2019 To See It

While US audiences get to see Joel Edgerton’s latest film as actor-director in November, Boy Erased won’t be released in the UK until next year. As publicity for it begins to go through the gears, a new poster teases expectant audiences.

Boy Erased - UK poster

Showcased during the summer and early autumn at various film festivals including Telluride in September, Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased has won praise from critics who favour its focus on the misguided individuals who are the catalyst for putting young people in their charge through gay conversion therapy.

Based on the Garrard Conley memoir recounting his experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Arkansas family and his enrolment in a conversion therapy programme, Boy Erased sees Jared Eamons’ (Lucas Hedges) sexuality become the concern of his Baptist parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) who cannot accept that he is gay. Pressuring him to attend conversion therapy to avoid being shunned by his family, friends and church, Jared comes into conflict with head therapist Victor Sykes (Edgerton).

The second film this year to tackle this prescient topic (after Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post which was released in the UK on September 7), Boy Erased takes a slightly different focus as its dehumanising coming-of-age drama is deflected onto those onlookers pigeonholing Jared’s sexuality as a unwanted otherness.

Edgerton said during production that he was “excited to work with an ensemble of actors, seasoned and new, to bring Garrard’s story to the screen” and that he was thankful for Garrard for “trusting my passion for his life story.”

Boy Erased is in UK cinemas from February 8, 2019.

Amilia Totten
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Amilia Totten is a freelance writer, photographer and erstwhile time-waster. Her eclectic film favourites include the latest Hollywood blockbuster to European avant-garde and the joys of Bollywood.

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