The academy often loves movies about social justice issues, like “Milk” and “Spotlight” in recent years, so can “Boy Erased” have a strong showing at the Oscars as well? Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley
, the film centers on a young gay man (Lucas Hedges
) sent to conversion therapy by his devoutly religious parents (Russell Crowe
and Nicole Kidman
). The film was written and directed by Joel Edgerton
, who co-stars as the program’s instructor. Gold Derby recently spoke with Kidman, Edgerton and songwriter Brett McLaughlin
about their work.
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Edgerton was taken with the story after his agent gave him the book. “I grew up with a deep fear of institutions and I had heard a little bit about gay conversion therapy, so my morbid curiosity led me to read it,” he explains.