A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

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Justin Kelly

Writers:

Justin Kelly, Savannah Knoop (memoir) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Savannah
Laura Dern ... Laura
Jim Sturgess ... Geoff
Diane Kruger ... Eva
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Sean
James Jagger ... Ben
Courtney Love ... Sasha
David Lawrence Brown ... Bruce (as Dave Brown)
Alicia Johnston ... Isabelle
Eric Plamondon Eric Plamondon ... Gaspard
Craig Haas ... Ennio
Adam Hurtig ... Darren
Will Woytowich ... Cassian
Bobby Robidoux Bobby Robidoux ... Elliot
Sarah Constible ... Bookstore Manager
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A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

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Based on the incredible true lie

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Helena Bonham Carter was originally cast to play the role of Laura Albert. See more »

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In multiple shots, the Bay Bridge can be seen illuminated with artist Leo Villareal's installation "The Bay Lights". This installation was installed early January 2013 and opened officially March 2013. The film is set in the late 1990s/early 2000s and as such the work would not have been installed on the bridge. See more »

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Laura: You're as much a part of JT as me.
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23 April 2019 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Based on a true story that was based on a big fat lie, J.T. LeRoy is first and foremost, a delicious vehicle for thespian wonder Laura Dern, and second, a bit of mishandled mess.

Messes can be good though, and this curious ride delivers the old truth is crazier than fiction roller coaster thrill of thin celebrity skin, and those infatuated with peeling back layers at all costs. A gender fluid teen, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy was the pen name of Laura Albert. Which would have been fine, and in literary circles, not that uncommon, except that Albert decided to bring her greatest fictional character to life.

J.T. LeRoy, the film, zooms in on the tightening noose Albert has created with her tepid boyfriend's sister - a wonderfully understated, uncomfortable, unnerved, silly wigged Kristen Stewart. As the controlling director of white lie operations, Dern is fabulous as both the manipulative author, and as the uptight handler Speedy she creates to oversee her mystery puppet.

As complicated as all this all sounds, it is much more than that. The role of gender variations is a key underlying theme, and unfortunately, is fumbled. Too bad, cuz there is a pretty good movie here, and one helluva story.


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Release Date:

12 August 2019 (UK) See more »

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,754
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