He runs a conversion therapy center for Penny Dreadful creator John Logan.
Peacock will unveil on August 5 They/Them, a horror film denouncing the existence of gender conversion camps. A subject already treated in the cinema, for example in the drama Come as you are with Chloe Grace Moretz, which is here the starting point of a slasher. Kevin Bacon thus plays the director of a center where young gays are sent by their families for “heal” their sexual orientation (read: forcing them to become straight). In view of these first images, the “therapists” who officiate there seem rather to want to torture them, even kill them…
The title plays intelligently with the gender issue: “They/Them” denotes non-binary people, but it should be read here “They Slash Them”that is “they kill them”. The video is also cut by this same “slash”one side of the screen showing an attitude “normal” while the other reveals its creepy counterpart. Kevin Bacon is particularly worrying in this register, with his welcoming speech which aims to be reassuring (“This place is safe for everyone”) supported by his smile at the end, when we understood that conversion therapy was going to be dangerous (deadly?) for the young people who are enrolled in it.
They/Them is the first film of John Loganthe screenwriter of Sky Fall and creator of the series Penny Dreadful. Anna Chlumsky, Carrie Preston, Theo Germaine, Quei Tann, Austin Crute, Monique Kim, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch and Darwin del Fabro round out the cast opposite the star of Footlose. The director explains in a press release accompanying the release of this teaser: “They/Them has germinated throughout my life in my mind. I love horror films, because as far back as I can remember, monsters have always represented “the other”. As a gay child, I felt powerfully that these characters who were different were also on the margins of society, forbidden. I wanted to make a film that celebrates homosexuality in all its forms, while showing characters that I never saw on screen growing up. Coming out of the film, I hope people will remember the incredible love these young people have for each and every one of them, and how that love needs to be celebrated and protected.”
Peacock not being available in France, we do not yet know when, or on what medium (cinema or platform?) This horror film will be broadcast.
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