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Freak Show is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Trudie Styler and written by Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio, based on the novel of the same name by James St. James. The film stars Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, Celia Weston, Laverne Cox and Bette Midler.

Freak Show
Freak Show film poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Trudie Styler
Produced by
Written by
  • Patrick J. Clifton
  • Beth Rigazio
Based on Freak Show
by James St. James
Music by Dan Romer
Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Edited by Sarah Flack
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
  • February 13, 2017 (2017-02-13) (Berlinale)
  • January 12, 2018 (2018-01-12) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[2]

The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2017. It was released on January 12, 2018, by IFC Films.




On October 2, 2015, it was announced that Trudie Styler would make her directorial debut with the young adult LGBT film Freak Show, based on the novel of same name by James St. James.[6] Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio adapted the novel, while producers on the film would be Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben, and Styler through Maven Pictures along with Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen's Flower Films, and Jeffrey Coulter and Bryan Rabin.[6]

Principal photography on the film began on October 27, 2015 in New York City.[7][4] Dan Romer composed the film's score.[8]


The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2017.[9][10] Shortly after, IFC Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[11] It was released on January 12, 2018.[12]

Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 58% based on 19 reviews, and an average rating of 6.4/10.[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]


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  2. ^ Kay, Jeremy (February 13, 2017). "Trudie Styler talks directing 'Freak Show' ahead of Berlin premiere". Screen International. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ Jaafar, Ali (October 20, 2015). "Alex Lawther Set To Topline Trudie Styler's 'Freak Show'". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e McNary, Dave (October 29, 2015). "Abigail Breslin, Laverne Cox Join LGBT Film 'Freak Show'". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (November 23, 2015). "Abigail Breslin Lands Lead Role In 'Freak Show' Movie". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Busch, Anita (October 2, 2015). "Trudie Styler To Direct Bette Midler, Others In LGBT Film 'Freak Show'". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "On the Set for 10/30/15: Keanu Reeves Starts on John Wick Sequel, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron Wrap Up Neighbors 2". October 30, 2015. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dan Romer Scoring Trudie Styler's 'Freak Show'". FilmMusicReporter. January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Freak Show". Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ Roxborough, Scott (January 13, 2017). "Berlin Film Festival Reveals Final Films in Generations Sidebars Aimed at Young Audiences". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ Busch, Anita (May 19, 2017). "IFC Films Picks Up Trudie Styler's Feature Directing Debut 'Freak Show'". Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Freak Show". IFC Films. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Freak Show (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Freak Show Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 

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