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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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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Trudie Styler’s ‘Freak Show’ Is a Laudable Plea for Tolerance; Midler Gives Rich Performance

The Observer
Trudie Styler’s ‘Freak Show’ Is a Laudable Plea for Tolerance
By Rex Reed • 01/12/18 12:45pm

The hot-button topic of gender transfer, not always neatly accomplished by anything as simple as surgery, is addressed, re-dressed and undressed in Freak Show, about an unconventional teenager who has no interest in being a boy, or in acting out any of the socially accepted behavior connected with being normal, whatever that is. He would rather wear zombie mascara, bridal veils and pomegranate lipstick than baseball caps and Wrangler jeans, and the movie follows him through episodes both harrowing and hilarious to declare his independence. The results are a mixed bag of charm and calamity, marking the feature-length directorial debut of Trudie Styler who, in real life, is the wife of singing star Sting. She’s a talent worth watching. Read More

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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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Friday, January 12, 2018

How Bette Midler single-handedly saved ‘Freak Show’

Metro
How Bette Midler single-handedly saved ‘Freak Show’
Director Trudie Styler also discusses its rather chaotic journey to the big-screen
By Gregory Wakeman
Published : January 11, 2018

Trudie Styler wasn’t supposed to direct Freak Show. But when its original director dropped out at the last minute Styler, who has previously produced the likes of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Filth,” and “Moon,” decided to step up from producer to director.

“Celine [Rattray] and I were always onboard as ‘Freak Show’s’ producers,” Styler told me earlier this week. “We had a director onboard who had to excuse himself at the 11th hour. Happily for me, the producers took me on as replacement director. That’s how I came to be directing it.” Read More

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Review: In ‘Freak Show,’ the Boy Who Would be Homecoming Queen

NYT
Review: In ‘Freak Show,’ the Boy Who Would be Homecoming Queen
FREAK SHOW Directed by Trudie Styler Comedy, Drama 1h 35m
By GLENN KENNYJAN. 11, 2018

What can you say about an adolescent American boy who is able to accurately quote Oscar Wilde? You can call him precocious, but in the case of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), who we first see quoting the Irish writer and dandy in a flashback recalling sunnier times in his childhood, that’s not enough.

Born into great wealth, the hero of “Freak Show” initially rhapsodizes to the audience about his mother (Bette Midler, going big in her scant screen time), whom he calls “Muv,” praising her as “a living testament to grace, glamour and Gucci.” Life with Muv was sweet, but after she enters rehab, Billy must reside at the mansion of his father (Larry Pine), who’s not happy about Billy’s rejection of conventional masculinity. 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, January 9, 2018

Freak Show (2018) REVIEW – Couldn’t Be More Timely

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Freak Show (2018) REVIEW – Couldn’t Be More Timely
By Danielle Solzman
Jan 8, 2018

Freak Show is one of those films that ends up being rented on VOD platforms because studios don’t know what to do with them. In this instance, it’s IFC Films giving the film a limited theatrical platform while sending it to VOD platforms.

Trudie Styler directs the fish-out-of-water film, if there’s any way to describe it. Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is a gender-nonconformist whose fashion sense is on the feminine side. After his parents divorce, he stays with his mom, Muv (Bette Middler), but it reaches a point in which Billy is forced to live with his father, William (Larry Pine). It’s while he lives with his dad that he finds himself in the worst possible setting to be someone who is LGBTQ: a high school in the south. The high school may be full of bullies, but Bloom is able to make the best of it, finding friends in both Blah Blah Blah (Annasophia Robb) and Mark “Flip” Kelly (Ian Nelson). Read More

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Freak Show Release Dates For The U.S. And Film Festival Nominations

Mister D: I put a table together of where Freak Show has played in film festivals in different countries. Just about all have already played. The only new dates I have are for Estonia, of which we do have fans (lol), and the real release dates for the States. When I find out other release dates I’ll add them to the table.

It has garnered some nominations which I’ve listed below. I hear it’s a very uplifting movie. The actors are all great and I think we may have a breakout star in Alex Lawther, who is the lead in the movie. One major complaint I hear is that Bette is only in it for 10 – 15 minutes. So everybody is kind of starved for more divinity. Read More

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Freak Show – Review: A film that reflects on diversity

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Freak Show – Review: A film that reflects on diversity
By Maria Grazia Bosu
November 11, 2017

Trudy Styler’s film transpires on the big screen James St James ‘s 2007 novel , a famous mask of overcoming disguise and excess , starred in years of American television where the artist recounts his personal youth experience.

“Freak Show” follows the story of Billy Bloom, his sudden transfer to the sumptuous paternal residence and the consequent forced change of school, for him really difficult to deal with. The boy – far from his father for years – was accustomed to living with his mother, who had always stimulated his son to be himself, to appreciate what he was, and not to waste his life. 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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