By Justin KELLY


Biography - Post-Production 2018

This captivating true story goes behind the scenes of the hoax of JT LeRoy - a girl pretending to be a boy who identifies as transgender, duping the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world, and elite literary circles.

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BFI Flare 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Biography, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 194 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Justin KELLY
    • Synopsis
    • Who is JT LeRoy? In January 2006, the New York Times revealed that the teenage boy who rocketed to fame after his books about his troubled youth captured the world’s attention was actually the creation of two women. JT LEROY is the true, inside story of the literary hoax of a generation; and an intimate look at two women leading a bizarre and intertwined double life for six years. LAURA ALBERT (Dern) is a thirty something author and musician who wrote and corresponded as JT. SAVANNAH KNOOP (Stewart) is a college student and Laura’s sister-in-law who plays the role of JT in public. Together with GEOFF (Sturgess), they invent JT’s persona and continue the deception past the point of no return. JT is embraced by celebrities, artists, fans, and critics while the women struggle to discover who they really are while pretending to be someone else.