A look at the best in film and TV to get excited about now.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Directed by increds Iranian-American wunderkind Desiree Akhavan (check out Appropriate Behaviour), her drama follows teenager Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is sent away to God’s Promise, a “treatment centre” (essentially a gay conversion camp) after being caught in a car with another girl on prom night. Subjected to various “therapies”, she bonds with the other reluctant residents (including American Honey’s Sasha Lane). The film won Sundance’s highest honour, the Dramatic Grand Jury prize, after premiering there in January. *Queues outside cinema*
The Miseducation of Cameron Post will be released on 31 August
Mary Queen of Scots
You might have already seen the jaw-dropping transformations of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie doing the rounds on the internet, but the trailer now fully unveils the unrecognisable pair, looking at the fraught relationship between the titular character (Ronan) and Elizabeth I (Robbie). Set in the 1500s, the royal period drama follows the historical rivalry between the two, and sees the disintegration of Elizabeth I’s health due to smallpox (Margot rocked prosthetics and heavy makeup in the later part of the film).
Mary Queen of Scots will be released on 18 January
Galveston marks the english-lang directing debut of French actress, Mélanie Laurent (you might recognise her from Inglourious Bastards). Gritty and seedy, the crime thriller sees Ben Foster as a dying ex-hitman who takes his shot at redemption when he rescues Elle Fanning, a teen prostitute, and he goes on the run to the titular Texan city. Gritty, seedy and hold-your-breath suspenseful.
Galveston will be released on 10 October
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser
Finally. The moment is here. #JusticeForBarb. After a pretty brutal ending on Stranger Things (I mean, she just deserved better), the internet hit back with endless memes and calls for justice for Barbara Holland. And now the very same actress Shannon Purser has snagged her own Netflix movie as the titular character, and let’s just say a more charming fate awaits. Netflix’s teen rom-com follows Sierra Burgess, an unpopular high school student who ends up accidentally catfishing her crush. She teams up with the most popular girl in school to win him over.
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser will be released on 7 September
He’s already popped up in our nightmares more than once as Pennywise the clown in last year’s mega horror-hit, It. And now, Bill Skarsgård is back in another of Stephen King’s frights, Castle Rock. A series set in King’s most famous fictional town, it starts with the discovery of an eerie, uncommunicative young man (Skarsgård), who is discovered in the town’s prison under mysterious circumstances, and hiding a disturbing past. Expect general creepiness and rampant supernatural going-ons.