37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Freak Show

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Billy Bloom is a gay and eccentric teenage boy whose self-expression knows no bounds when it comes to fashion and elaborate homages. When his mother checks into rehab, he relocates to an elegant boarding school in the deep south of Florida for his final year of high school. Billy’s flamboyant ways draw resistance from students and the ultra-conservative faculty, only encouraging him to increase the outrageousness of his outfits. After an incident of insidious bullying, Billy makes the decision to run for homecoming queen. The campaign draws wide attention to Billy’s advocacy for all teenagers letting their freak flag fly. Discussion with director Trudie Styler and producer Celine Rattray, moderated by Mitch Levine

Supported by Cville Pride


Saturday, November 11


12:30 PM


UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater

Film Info

Director: Trudie Styler

Runtime: 95 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2017

Country: USA

Featuring: Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Bette Midler, Laverne Cox, Alex Lawther, Willa Fitzgerald, Ian Nelson.