(CNN)As director Joel Edgerton sees it, "Boy Erased" is a story about fear, but he didn't always see it that way.
Joel Edgerton wanted 'Boy Erased' to be irrelevant. It's far from it
In the film, based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, a young man (Lucas Hedges) is sent to gay conversion therapy by his religious parents after revealing to them that he is gay.
"One of the most startling aspects of the book was -- a