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Post con–version

Screening at this year’s GAZE, Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance award winning ilm, The Miseducation of Cameron Post tackles coming of age in a gay conversion therapy camp circa 1993. It couldn’t be more relevant to now, the bisexual director tells Toria Barnhart, and it’s a universal story, not just a queer one.
Director Desiree Akhavan (centre) with the cast of ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’, left to right Forrest Goodluck, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Emily Skeggs, and Jennifer Ehle

Even with Dublin traffic, make it back to my apartment with time to go over my notes before my interview with Desiree Akhavan, director of The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

The film, based on Emily M Danforth’s 2012 novel of the same name, follows the story of a teenage girl who lives with her conservative aunt after the death of her parents. Found making out in the back seat of a car with her best girlfriend, Coley, Cameron is sent to a gay conversion therapy camp. The plot revolves around her coming to terms with her sexuality while grappling with the circumstances she’s thrown into.

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We’ve got so much to talk about in this month’s issue, we’d better get started! Leading the charge is our cover star Conor O’Brien, the voice behind The Villagers. Conor dropped in to talk about their new album and what it’s like being an out gay man in the business. On a further musical note, Irish electro band Eden celebrate 20 years in the industry. They had many a tale to tell and GCN was delighted to listen! The GAZE film festival takes over cinema screens this month so we caught up with Desiree Akhavan, the writer and director of the much-lauded gay conversion therapy film The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, along with the creators of the essential documentary Outitude, detailing the history of Ireland’s lesbian community. On a more serious note, Evgeny Shtorn details his escape from Russian persecution only to be caught in the bureaucracy that is Ireland’s Direct Provision System. Plus Jamie Brady provides a hard-hitting photo essay on the effects on Grindr on the young male psyche. With all that awesome content on offer, you better start reading now!