Recipient of the Toronto International Film Festival Barry Avrich Award for Developing Film Talent and awarded a Filmmaker in Residence at The Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio Program, in his first feature-length film, Toronto-based filmmaker Andrew Stanley tackles conversion therapy in Flowers of the Field.

The film follows Aaron (Alexander Crowther), as he takes decisive action and commits himself to a reparative retreat. Shortly after his arrival, Aaron begins to experience the retreat’s group leader’s (Ryan Hollyman) manipulations, taking Aaron down a path of self-reproach and resentment as he discovers the limit of one’s ability to achieve change.

In this interview, Vancouver Presents contributor David C Jones speaks with Stanley to find out more.

Flowers of the Field screens as part of the digital offerings at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival through October 7. Visit for tickets and information.