110 mins, USA, 2016, Digital

This film was released 29th July 2016, and is no longer screening.

Novelist JT LeRoy burst onto the literary scene in the mid-1990s, a bracingly honest new voice whose lurid tales of street hustlers and child abuse were drawn from his own grim experiences at the hands of neglectful carers and institutions. The A-list scrambled to be associated with this new ‘It Boy’; Bono, Tom Waits, Courtney Love et al name checking his influence.

A film adaptation of his short stories – The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) – was directed by Asia Argento. But who exactly was JT LeRoy? Why was he so guarded in interview, so willfully obscure? And who were the coterie of handlers filtering all media interactions?

As his fame grew in proportion to his bizarre public persona, sources close to JT began to dig a little deeper and what they found led to one of the greatest literary scandals of recent times. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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