Official Trailer for Underrated Indie 'Freak Show' Starring Alex Lawther

December 26, 2017
Source: YouTube

Freak Show Trailer

"What am I going to do with you?" IFC Films has debuted an official US trailer for an underrated indie dramedy titled Freak Show, which played under-the-radar at a few festivals this year after premiering in Berlin. But I'm guessing most people haven't heard of it. Freak Show is about a "fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager" named Billy Bloom, played by up-and-coming young actor Alex Lawther, and his experiences at a public high school. It tells a very peculiar story of how to be who you are and not let it affect you, even if you're a freak or weirdo or whatever. His mother is played by Bette Midler, and the cast includes Laverne Cox, Ian Nelson, Abigail Breslin, and AnnaSophia Robb. This is actually a very entertaining film that is worth seeking out, no really. I first saw this at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the summer, and wrote a review here. It has a great soundtrack and plenty of smart humor. Check it out below.

Here's the official trailer (+ festival poster) for Trudie Styler's Freak Show, direct from YouTube:

Freak Show Poster

Freak Show Poster

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. This proudly offbeat comedy is an irresistible ode to outsiders and nonconformists of all stripes. Freak Show is directed by English filmmaker Trudie Styler, an actress/producer making her feature directorial debut, after also co-directing The Sweatbox documentary. The screenplay is written by Patrick J. Clifton & Beth Rigazio, based on James St. James' novel of the same name. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. IFC will open Freak Show in select theaters + on VOD starting January 12th, 2018. Who's curious?

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Nice poster.

DAVIDPD on Dec 26, 2017


I get the idea, but the whole thing does look a bit incoherent. As for the cast, wow ...

shiboleth on Dec 26, 2017


glad the discus format is back...wasn't going to sign up for the other thing... That being said...what a great cast! Almost fell out of my seat when McEnroe showed up...and funny, too. Might give this one a chance!

kitano0 on Dec 27, 2017


Sorry, you caught us in the middle of a website update (hence the comments being turned off). But yeah. McEnroe? Wait, what?

Alex Billington on Dec 27, 2017


I'll be checking it out. Have a niece who's always been gender-fluid (and often bullied for it), who is beginning the process of transitioning into my nephew. So glad more kids these days are kicking gender binary "shoulds" out the airlock.

VAharleywitch on Dec 27, 2017


Does the Mom have a substance abuse issue?

redtie on Dec 27, 2017


Alcohol, yes, pretty much.

Alex Billington on Dec 27, 2017


These movies about finding yourself as an adolescent are always tough for me to judge. My concern for the movie is the **not target audience will focus** on the chaos in home as the reason for the behaviour, not the character themselves, and dismiss the film. On the other hand, I'm sure the **target audience** will find hope in this narrative. Environment vs. genetics is often the debate which plays through my mind during these films. A mother abandoning herself and a child through alcohol usage builds an unstable foundation for any child. I hope there is a reckoning with the mother's behaviour, either rejection from the son or an apology from the mother. I've seen families dismiss alcoholism with jokes or apathy, but the behavior affects the families more than their care to admit.

redtie on Dec 27, 2017


Despite the efforts of Lawther (make-up and fashion designers) this film is awful !! it lacks depth and clarity of character and leaves you asking WHY? for all the wrong reasons.

Dean on Jan 15, 2018

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