Truth is wilder than fiction in this captivating retelling of one of the literary world’s most infamous hoaxes. Coming to cinemas following a Closing Night Gala performance at BFI Flare Festival 2019.
Laura Albert (Laura Dern, Big Little Lies) writes as her “avatar,” a disenfranchised young queer man named JT LeRoy. When her debut novel becomes a best-seller and JT becomes the darling of the literary world, she comes up with a unique solution to preserve her anonymity but give life to her nom-de-plume. Enter her boyfriend’s androgynous sister Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart, Twilight), who connects with Laura’s punk, feminist, outsider universe and agrees to be JT in the public eye. Together, they embark on a wild ride of double lives, infiltrating the Hollywood and literary elite, and discovering who they are while pretending to be someone else.
Hilarious and tragic in equal measures, JT LeRoy tells the story of the incredible “true lie” that shook pop culture. Starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess and Courtney Love. Directed by Justin Kelly. Based on Savannah Knoop’s memoir ‘Girl Boy Girl: How I became JT LeRoy’.