Sophia Lillis Steve Zahn Lois Smith Judy Greer Margo Martindale Stephen Root Paul Bettany Peter Macdissi New York state South Carolina film Exclusives Sophia Lillis Steve Zahn Lois Smith Judy Greer Margo Martindale Stephen Root Paul Bettany Peter Macdissi New York state South Carolina

Uncle Frank Is Alan Ball’s Most Personal Gay-Themed Project Yet

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Uncle Frank.“It’s about the challenges of being an authentic person in an increasingly inauthentic world,” the out writer and director tells The Advocate.

Picked up by Amazon Studios, the film stars Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, and Stephen Root.Lillis’s Beth, a pensive, well-read young woman stifled by her small South Carolina town and conservative family, narrates the story.

She heads off to New York to study at the university where her Uncle Frank (Bettany) teaches literature. As she connects with him, she discovers the alternate life he’s kept hidden from his family: He’s gay.

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