“JT LeRoy” In Cinemas & Digital On August 16

JT LeRoy, the film based on the compelling memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy by Savannah Knoop, will arrive simultaneously on Digital and in cinemas on August 16 in the UK.

Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart star in JT LeRoy, a film based on the fascinating memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy by New York City based artist and filmmaker Savannah Knoop. Described as both hilarious and tragic, the film explores the “true lie” that shook pop culture as a young woman spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy who is actually the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

“JT Leroy unveils all the lies to show us a shared sense of desperation, as well as a deep need to invest in any fiction if it appeals to, and heroically reaffirms, our personal version of truth,” said critic Katherine Monk of the film which also stars Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess and Courtney Love. It will arrive in cinemas after its appearance at the Closing Night Gala at BFI Flare Festival 2019 with Laura Dern as Laura Albert and Kristen Stewart as Savannah Knoop.

The story is based on Knoop’s recollection of being Albert’s writing persona after the best-selling novelist decides to preserve her anonymity by giving life to her non-de-plume. Both of these individuals share common ground – punk, feminist outsiders – and together embark on a wild double life in which they infiltrate the Hollywood and literary elite.

JT LeRoy is in Cinemas and on Digital HD August 16, 2019.

Amilia Totten
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Amilia Totten is a freelance writer, photographer and erstwhile time-waster. Her eclectic film favourites include the latest Hollywood blockbuster to European avant-garde and the joys of Bollywood.

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