Archive of films Freak Show / Freak Show

2017, 91 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2017

Billy Bloom never felt he was like other people, but if there’s something his classmates don’t like, it’s the fact that his fashion choices range between David Bowie and Lady Gaga at their most psychedelic. Billy’s response to bullying is simple: an even thicker layer of glitter and a stubborn determination to fight for his uniqueness.


Billy Bloom never felt he was like other people. In fact, since childhood he has been told that being enchanting, wonderful, and unique was his mission in life. But in today’s world you’re punished for being different. His classmates’ distaste for his eccentric fashion choices, which range between David Bowie and Lady Gaga at their most psychedelic, eventually turns into open bullying. Billy’s recipe for survival is simple: an even thicker layer of glitter and a stubborn determination to fight for his uniqueness. At first glance, actor and producer Trudie Styler’s directorial debut may look like a typical high school comedy, but there is much more beneath the surface. Styler masterfully works with the genre’s typical characters (the pretty cheerleader, the captain of the football team), placing them into atypical roles that aid the protagonist in sharing his message: We all have a right to express ourselves.

Anna Kořínek

About the director

Trudie Styler

Trudie Styler (b. 1954, Bromsgrove, UK) is an actor, director and producer. She is also active in environmental protection and is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. She started out as a theater and television actor, but in the early 1990s she shifted her focus on producing feature films – for instance, Guy Ritchie’s Snatch (2000) and Duncan Jones’s Moon (2009). In 2011 she joined with Celine Rattray to found Maven Pictures, which produced Still Alice (2014, dirs. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland) and last year’s Cannes hit American Honey (2016, dir. Andrea Arnold). Her feature debut Freak Show screened in the Generation 14plus section at the 67th Berlinale.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Trudie Styler
Screenplay: Patrick J. Clifton, Beth Rigazio podle románu / based on the novel by James St. James 
Dir. of Photography: Dante Spinotti
Music: Dan Romer
Editor: Sarah Flack
Art Director: Franckie Diago
Producer: Jeffrey Coulter, Bryan Rabin, Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben, Ember Truesdell, Chris Miller
Production: Maven Pictures, Flower Films
Cast: Alex J. Lawther, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson
Sales: The Works Film Group


Trudie Styler

Sarah Flack

Film Editor

Marike Jainchill


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