Kristen Stewart brings the one of the greatest literary scandals in history to life in 'Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy', which premiered to acclaim this month at the Toronto Film Festival. Discover the fascinating true story in this entertaining documentary from 2016.
The unmasking of “it boy” author JT LeRoy by New York magazine in 2005 is the type of stranger than fiction story tailor-made for the movies.
JT LeRoy was a teen prostitute, addicted to heroin and infected with HIV, when a therapist encouraged him to write his life story. Hailed as a literary sensation for his tough prose and having overcome an abusive, drug addled childhood, LeRoy published three critically acclaimed books. But as his fame skyrocketed, a shocking truth emerged; LeRoy was actually the invention of 40-year-old San Francisco phone-sex operator Laura Albert.
This entertaining documentary takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Albert breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade.
★★★★ "An illuminating study of the enigmatic and driven woman behind the phenomenon" - Nigel M Smith, The Guardian