Chloë Grace Moretz is speaking out about the film industry’s bias when it comes to making movies from a ‘queer’ perspective.
“Queer movies should be told through a queer lens and created by queer people,” the 21-year-old actress told the Los Angeles Times as she discussed her new movie, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”.
Moretz plays the titular role of Cameron Post, a teen who is sent to a gay conversion camp after she is found making out with the high school prom queen. The film is based on the Emily M. Danforth novel of the same name and is directed by bisexual Iranian-American Desiree Akhavan.
Akhavan won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but it still took two months for the movie to find a distribution deal.
“Even though people want these movies to be told, they want these things to be said, they’re not backing it enough,” Moretz explained. “They’re still backing first and foremost the straight white man who is going to be putting out the movie that’s the safer bet. They want something that’s a pretty package, but that’s still tolerable and acceptable.”
The “Carrie” star was referring to Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased”, another upcoming conversion-themed movie starring Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Lucas Hedges. Unlike “Cameron Post,” Edgerton’s movie was backed by a major distributor, Focus Features, and had lots of money thrown behind it.
“There’s another conversion therapy movie that’s coming out and you see how that was picked up by a major distributor,” Moretz said. “They are putting all the money behind it, and you start to compare it. [Cameron Post] was directed by a bisexual woman of diversity, it has a very diverse cast and we didn’t cast all celebrities.”
“You look at the other movie — that movie has distribution already, it’s going to come out, it’s going to be big. It’s written and directed by a white man. It’s shot through a straight male gaze. You just look at the discrepancy and that’s shocking.”
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” opens in theatres August 3.