Adapted by screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia), Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard nosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
The film itself is a feature length adaption of Cynthia Wade's Academy Award® winning short documentary of the same title, which covered events that took place between 2002 and 2006.
The timing on Freehold couldn't be better. The film is a reminder of how far the gay rights movement has come in just ten years – as well as a reminder of why this battle is so important to so many people in the first place.
Freeheld arrives in the US 2 October with no set UK release date as yet.