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From the cult novel by James St. James, a coming of age film as an ode to diversity and freedom.

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PODCAST| Chiara Nicoletti interviews Trudie Styler, director of the film Freak Show.

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Trudie Styler has participated in Rome Film Fest – Alice nella Città not only as juror of the official competition but also as a first time director of Freak Show, a coming of age story based on the cult novel by James St. James. The film stars Alex Lawther, Abigal Breslin (Oscar Nominee for Little Miss Sunshine) , Anna Sophia Robb (The Bridges of Terabithia, The Carrie Diaries) and sees the participation of Bette Midler. As the film deals with themes such as bullying, homosexuality and freedom of expression, Trudie Styler confirms that the film could be considered as an ode to diversity.

Freak Show : Billy Bloomonce lived a fabulous life in Connecticut, with his equally fabulous mother, Muv. But when he is suddenly shipped off to his father’s Southern mansion, he finds himself a fish out of water. With his closet of extravagant and flamboyant attire, Billy is completely different from the cheerleaders, bible belles and beefy quarterbacks at his new high school. Yet despite the well-meant advice of his father and his housekeeper Florence that he should just throw on some blue jeans, Billy is determined to be himself –even if that does mean wearing face glitter to school.With Muv missing in action, Billy experiences a culture clash the likes of which he has never known before –and his only allies come in the form of handsome football player and schoolboy crush Flip Kelly, and a chatterbox girl he calls Blah Blah Blah… because when she talks that’s all he hears.When Muv finally comes to visit, Billy thinks his troubles are over, but he is in for a shock that shakes him to the core. Just when it seems life can’t get any worse, his finds himself up against ultimate mean girl Lynette in a battle of tolerance versus ignorance. Billy’s indomitable spirit rises once again to challenge the conservative traditions of Grant Academy, taking him on a journey that will lead to extraordinary and hilarious results.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Trudie Styler
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Freak Show
  • Festival section
    Special Events
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