JT Leroy

JT Leroy

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

In this captivating true story, Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) spends years playing the public role of Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, an enigmatic and celebrated literary persona created by her sister-in-law (Laura Dern). The literary world was a more interesting place with JT LeRoy around, even though he never was, really.

"JT" was an androgynous former truck-stop sex worker who supposedly channelled his sordid upbringing into raw, autobiographical fictions that captivated hip circles in the late '90s and early 2000s. Albert played JT on the page and in phone calls with journalists and famous admirers, duping the public into believing the guise was real. This is the perfect role for Stewart, and the film offers a diverting dramatization of incredible real-life events.