Having already established himself as a real force in front of the camera, it turns out that Joel Edgerton is quite the talent behind the lens too, and this much is evident in his latest film Boy Erased, where he shines in both areas. To celebrate the film’s release we sat down with the the talented Aussie filmmaker to discuss this fascinating real-life story of a young boy (Lucas Hedges) who was sent away by his parents to enter into gay conversion therapy.

We asked why Edgerton feels this project ‘picked him’ and just how vital that sense of empathy is within this film, albeit towards characters who are reprehensible in so many ways. He also discusses his own religious upbringing and how that affected the movie, while we ended on a question about his greatest influences, and which director he feels left a biggest mark on him, and on his career – and he’s worked with some of the very best.

Watch the full interview below:

Synopsis

Jared Eamons, the son of a small-town Baptist pastor, must overcome the fallout after being outed as gay to his parents. His father and mother struggle to reconcile their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.
Boy Erased is released on February 8th