Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is one-of-a-kind: a fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager whose razor-sharp wit is matched only his by his outrageous, anything-goes fashion sense. When his glamorous mother (Bette Midler) is forced to send him to live with his straight-laced father (Larry Pine), Billy finds himself a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school. Undaunted by the bullies who don’t understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way: challenging the school’s reigning mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen.
Co-starring AnnaSophia Robb, Celia Weston, Mickey Sumner, John McEnroe and Laverne Cox, this proudly offbeat comedy is an irresistible ode to outsiders and nonconformists of all stripes. Freak Show is one of the most inspiring and entertaining gay movies so far this year – featuring Alex Lawther‘s absolute best performance yet (and, despite his young age, has a resume full of great ones – see Departure, The Imitation Game and his episode of “Black Mirror” for further evidence). The film was adapted from the bestselling novel by the iconic James St. James and directed by the fabulous Trudie Styler (known best, perhaps, as Sting’s wife, sure, but she’s more than just that – as this film proves).