Boy Erased (2019)
Director: Joel Edgerton
Boy Erased is based off the true story of Garrard Conley who was sent to a gay conversion camp by his two religious parents, his experiences were harrowing and offered an insight into a secretive organization. Directed by the brilliant Joel Edgerton who previously directed The Gift and as an actor has been in many terrific films such as Midnight Special.
Prior to watching Boy Erased, I had little understanding of the gay conversion camps, I of course had heard that they're bad places but nothing more. Boy Erased gave me an insight to the sadistic and delusional programme and the effects that it had on the people who went into it.
From what I've heard The Gift is fantastic so you could say Joel Edgerton as a director is two for two. You can tell he gives his actors the room and support they need to flourish in their respective roles. Lucas Hedges plays Garrard Conley who was entered into the programme by his parents after he came out as homosexual to them. He's really emerging as one of the finest actors of his generation, such a raw, mature and natural performance from such a young actor. Of course Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe as the two parents really just give it their all, they're both outstanding. Their characters have to deal with their religious beliefs but also their love for their son, which come into conflict throughout the film. They encapsulate that struggle so brilliantly. They're all backed up by a very string supporting cast with Joel Edgerton specifically standing out to me, to give such a great performance while directing is never an easy feat so I give him all the credit.