Out at the Cameo is the Cameo cinema’s – project funded by Film Hub Scotland which aims to bring together LGBTQ youth and cinema.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, adapted from Emily M. Danforth’s novel of the same name (which was inspired by true events), is a dramatic queer coming-of-age story. Directed by Desiree Akhavan, it follows the story of a girl who is sent to a conversion camp for being gay.
I enjoyed Chlöe Grace Moretz as the main character Cameron and thought it was a refreshing role for her. Cameron is a plain girl who doesn’t like make-up and doesn’t feel comfortable being intimate with boys, which is something I can relate to as a queer woman who is somewhat of a tomboy. I also liked how the sex scenes were not overly sexualized, because it felt more natural and normalized within the film.
Each character was well-developed and had interesting stories about how they ended up in the conversion camp. In contrast, the staff of the camp were presented as stiff and non-approachable, which made me dislike them and empathize with the other characters much more. Even though the story is interesting, I was frustrated by how there is no resolution. It felt like there are a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the film about what Cameron and her two friends decide to do.
Still, I would recommend that you see this film because of its relevance to LGBT history. While the film may be sad at times, stories like Cameron’s are an important part of the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, which sadly continues in some parts of the world even today.
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