A new Hollywood movie featuring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will not be permitted to film at a Catholic boys’ school due to the movie’s lesbian content.
Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York had previously agreed to allow filming of the drama “Freeheld” on site. The school is now facing criticism for refusing to allow the movie to shoot at the location after learning about Moore and Page’s fictitious homosexual relationship.
The film follows the story of a lesbian police detective (Moore) with terminal cancer applying for a domestic partnership in order to pass her pension on to her girlfriend (Page) when she dies.
“Freedheld” producer Kelly Bush said, "That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter — a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights — illustrates just how important it is that this story be told."
Salesian principal John Flaherty said, "All are welcomed at Salesian High School. Our school chooses to embrace the social issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, and helping the less fortunate."
Flaherty said that he would pass the final decision on to school president Father John Serio.
Publication date: October 22, 2014