BOY ERASED (M)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - MOVIES -

DISAVOW OR DIS­AP­PEAR, US, 114 MIN

This fas­ci­nat­ing, mov­ing and well-acted drama fo­cuses on the prac­tice of con­ver­sion ther­apy, in which ho­mo­sex­ual youth are shipped off to re­li­giously in­clined re­hab fa­cil­i­ties to “pray the gay away”. Work­ing in writer-di­rec­tor mode, Aus­tralian ac­tor Joel Edger­ton tack­les this com­plex topic with im­pres­sive lev­els of tact, sen­si­tiv­ity and bal­anced in­sight. The true story told here is based on the best-sell­ing mem­oirs of Gar­rard Con­ley (played by Lu­cas Hedges), the gay son of a US Bap­tist preacher (Rus­sell Crowe) who was trans­ferred to a con­ver­sion clinic dur­ing his first year in col­lege. Edger­ton also stars as Vic­tor Sykes, the head of the clinic.

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