JT LeRoy

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date:
May 3, 2019 - Toronto, Montréal, Edmonton, Victoria
May 17, 2019 - Vancouver
June 7, 2019 - Winnipeg
June 12, 2019 - Calgary
June 14, 2019 - Regina
June 28, 2019 - Ottawa

Current rating: Rating: 4.75
based on 8 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, Courtney Love

Synopsis

Brooklyn-based author Laura Albert (Laura Dern) invents a literary persona named JT LeRoy and writes an "autobiography" based on LeRoy's childhood experiences of poverty, abuse and prostitution. The book becomes a bestseller, so when the media wants to interview JT, Albert agrees to do phone interviews, claiming the author is reclusive.

However, Laura eventually needs to produce a real, live JT, so she convinces her quiet, awkward bisexual sister-in-law, Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart), to pose as the author. With the use of wigs and baggy clothing, Savannah transforms herself into the gender-fluid male author.

Director: Justin Kelly
Studio: Pacific Northwest Pictures
Producer(s): Mark Amin, Cassian Elwes, Jeff Beesley, Giri Tharan, Dave Hansen, Gary Pearl, Patrick Walmsley
Screenplay: Justin Kelly

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  • 5 stars "It will make you believe Kristen Stewart is a man, for those who dream of such things."
  • 5 stars "I also saw at TIFF - Toronto you are in for a treat if you missed the gala at RTH. K Stew is soooooooooo good."
  • 5 stars "I saw this last week at Inside Out festival. Kristen Stewart is perfect as JT LeRoy. Hard to believe that this is a true story, but look up the Vice film maker interview on YouTube to learn more about this if you didn't already know. Fascinating. I can't believe how many people they fooled."