Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Hey, here’s a puzzler. Why would a movie that won overwhelming raves from critics and took home the prestigious grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival take two whole months to sell? Why wasn’t it snapped up immediately in the midst of a bidding war? Well, if you guessed, “because it has lesbians in it,” you just might be right.

Last week the film “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” a movie I’ve been excited about since it was first announced way back in the fall of 2016, finally sold to FilmRise, an indie distributor whose most famous project so far was “Going Clear,” the Scientology documentary. It’s a great pick up for them, no doubt, but where were the other studios?

Look, not to bring up “Carol” again for the umpteenth time, but that “Carol” did not even get a best picture nomination and “Philadelphia,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Moonlight,” and “Call Me By Your Name” all did is the way Hollywood sees LGBTQ films about men versus LGBTQ films about women, period.

4 comments:

Waffles said...

And celebrities are paying to give free showings of Love Simon - will that happen with this movie as well?

I have huge issues with how women are represented in the LGBTQ community broadly.

Carmen SanDiego said...

The way people rallied behind Black Panther but not Wrinkle in Time could be an indicator...

Kristan Hoffman said...

It probably doesn't help that this is based on a YA book, which people tend to look down on.

Although Love Simon is doing well (yay!) so yeah... gendered double standard seems likely. :(

Yeller Belly said...

Word to all you said.