Films screening at this event

JT LeRoy

Justin Kelly
Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess, Diane Kruger, Courtney Love
Canada, UK, USA
98 min

His first book Sarah, published in 1999, propelled young JT LeRoy to literary stardom. His semi-autobiographical account of a childhood blighted by drug and sexual abuse in America’s underbelly earned him a cult status and the adoration of both the literati and Hollywood elite. But more shocking than the topics LeRoy’s books explored was the truth behind them, finally exposed in 2006: LeRoy was a well-crafted persona created by Jewish Brooklynite Laura Albert and embodied by her boyfriend’s sister, the androgynous Savannah Knoop.

Co-written by Knoop and starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, JT LeRoy is a remarkable tale of one daring hoax and our willingness to suspend disbelief to satisfy our never-ending craving for authenticity.