If you weren’t with us back when we OBSESSED over The Miseducation of Cameron Post when it came out in 2013, boy, do we have a surprise new favorite YA book for you. Not only is this coming of age novel a phenomenal read, but it also has a brand new film adaptation that just premiered at Sundance, and, oh, did we mention? It won the top prize at the film festival and that is HUGE.
Why? The Miseducation of Cameron Post is about a girl who is sent away to be “fixed” when a family member discovers her kissing another girl and it is equal parts powerful, hopeful, and so important—especially in today’s day and age where there is a lack of awareness around gay conversion therapy (did you know it’s legal in 41 states?). With this film adaptation, we are hopeful more people will discover Cameron’s emotional story and that it also shines a light on the treatments that are happening all around the country today.
— Variety (@Variety) January 28, 2018
If you’ve already read this book, we’re so happy you’re with us to revisit one of our faves! If not, don’t worry. We’ve got a whole crash course ready for you so that you can start reading, find out what’s going on with the movie, and come back to for every kind of Cameron Post update. Maybe even bookmark this page. We are so excited about this movie and what it can do so fingers crossed that it is picked up for a wide distribution!
Scroll through and see everything you need to know about Cameron Post.
Update: HBO has aquired US streaming rights!
Good news for book and movie lovers everywhere—HBO has officially aquired streaming rights to The Miseducation of Cameron Post! The film will hit their digital platforms early this year and will be available to view by all US subscribers.
Cue the happy dancing because even more people will get to see this incredible film!
Update: We have an OFFICIAL trailer!
Heads up, y’all—the official US trailer for the film has DROPPED! Watch it below and have all your hopes and dreams for this movie’s sheer incredibleness confirmed:
Plus, FilmRise has confirmed that the film is confirmed for an August 3rd release in New York City, followed by more cities in following weeks!! Here’s a list of locations that Cameron Post will be shown in and it looks like you can start purchasing tickets for some of the shows now so get on it!
Update: We have an official movie poster and a new movie tie-in edition!
We absolutely love this new look using the movie poster art for Cameron Post 😍😍😍
Update: We have an official release date!
CAMERON POST will be hitting theaters first in NYC on August 3rd, and will release everywhere else on August 10th!
— The Miseducation of Cameron Post (@campostfilm) July 4, 2018
For those of you in New York, there’s also a special screening event on July 31st with a special Q&A and after party. Grab your tickets and get more details here!
Update: The movie has been picked up!
The CAMERON POST movie was picked up!! According to The Hollywood Reporter, distributor FilmRise has acquired the North American rights to this Sundance winner and is planning a late summer 2018 release!! Yay!!!!
Haven’t read CAMERON POST yet? You should probably do that. Like, as soon as possible. It’s an amazingly meaningful and hopeful read, but also incredibly clever and funny and you’ll breeze through it without ever wanting to put it down. And being set in the ’90s, it wasn’t as easy to be open about who you are. Here’s the basic rundown:
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.
There are some changes between the book and the movie, if you’re the kind of person who wants to prepare themselves now. The people behind the film can speak more to it below, but it doesn’t span the entire novel. Because the book covers such a large span of Cameron’s life, the movie focuses on just the later parts. Some characters have been a little finessed, some have been tweaked, but all in all, the movie delivers, full-hearted on all fronts.
Before we get into the specifics of who’s playing who, we wanted to stress that this cast is literally perfect because they all really get what this story is about and why it’s so important. We love them for being so passionate and we can’t wait to see them bring these characters to life on screen.
Chloë Grace Moretz as Cameron Post
You might know Chloë from other YA adaptation movies like IF I STAY, THE 5TH WAVE, and from her break-out movie KICK-ASS, but now she’s playing Cameron Post! After Cam is caught with another girl in the backseat of a car on prom night, she is sent by her conservative aunt to God’s Promise, a conversion therapy program to “pray the gay away”. She’s clear-eyed, thoughtful, misunderstood, and funny—and played with subtlety and grace by Chloë.
Sasha Lane as Jane Fonda
Sasha Lane is the break-out star (playing a character named Star!) from AMERICAN HONEY. She’s also openly bi IRL! Sasha plays Jane Fonda (really, truly), the girl who gives Cam her first tour of God’s Promise. She was raised on a commune and is resourceful in unexpected ways, which really comes in handy evading the strict rules of the place. She also documents everything with her polaroid camera. Known for her dry wit and honesty, she becomes one of Cam’s closest confidants and friends. We love her, and if you haven’t read the book yet, we know you will too.
Forrest Goodluck as Adam Red Eagle
Forrest Goodluck’s first movie role was opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in THE REVENANT. Now he plays Adam Red Eagle in THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, which many are calling his breakout role. Adam is Lakota. He identifies as Winkte—a person who bridges the divide between genders. Forrest captures Adam’s personality extremely well!
Emily Skeggs as “The Viking” Erin
Emily Skeggs was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress for playing the role of Medium Alison in the popular musical FUN HOME. Erin is Cam’s roommate at God’s Promise. She has been taught that her wrongful same-sex attraction was caused in part by watching Minnesota Vikings games with her dad. Her “confusion” isn’t helped by the “Blessercize” workout video she watches every day. Her character is lowkey hilarious but also very poignant.
John Gallagher Jr. as Reverend Rick Marsh
John Gallagher Jr. is best known for 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, SHORT TERM 12, and from his starring role on THE NEWSROOM, walking and talking for Aaron Sorkin. Here, he plays Reverend Rick, the well-meaning but misguided reverend who helps run God’s Promise. A former patient who “succeeded” at conversion therapy, Reverend Rick deeply believes in the conversion process—and his role will def. make you cry.
Jennifer Ehle as Dr. Lydia Marsh
Jennifer Ehle has played many literary figures—most notably the perfect Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE opposite Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Here she plays a very different character—the cold, scary, religious leader of God’s Promise, and sister of Reverend Rick. She’s the Nurse Ratched (do y’all remember ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST??) of the 21st century. Yikes.
We’ll keep updating this page as we find out more about the film, so keep checking back! In the meantime, we think it’s time for a reread of this stunning and unforgettable story.