7.1/10
992
12 user 38 critic

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

Trailer
2:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

Director:

Jeff Feuerzeig

Writer:

Jeff Feuerzeig
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

JT LeRoy was a teen prostitute, addicted to heroin and infected with HIV, when a therapist encouraged him to write his life stories. Buoyed by a cadre of celebrities, he published three ... See full summary »

Director: Marjorie Sturm
Stars: Asia Argento, Beth Bachtold, Stephen Beachy
JT LeRoy (2018)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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

Director: Justin Kelly
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Seven-year-old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah.

Director: Asia Argento
Stars: Asia Argento, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Stars: Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

From their underground days recording songs in their bedroom to their rise as one of rock music's most alternative bands, this documentary chronicles Jad and David Fair's formation of Half Japanese.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Stars: Byron Coley, David Fair, Jad Fair
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

In 2003, former drug addict and child prostitute, JT LeRoy has overcome his troubled past and is at the top of his career. His three published books have won over critics.

Stars: Laura Albert, Stephen Beachy, Bruce Benderson
The Real Rocky (TV Movie 2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of Chuck Wepner, an underdog boxer who went the distance against Muhammad Ali and inspired the creation of Rocky.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Stars: Chuck Wepner, Sylvester Stallone, Jerry Izenberg
Misunderstood (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to ... See full summary »

Director: Asia Argento
Stars: Giulia Salerno, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gabriel Garko
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Burroughs takes down a book and reads us the story of Danny the Carwiper, who spends Christmas Day trying to score a fix, but finds the Christmas spirit instead.

Directors: Nick Donkin, Melodie McDaniel
Stars: William S. Burroughs, Susan Ashline, Dayton Bard
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dubbed "The Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution's narrative convinced ... See full summary »

Director: Erin Lee Carr
Stars: Gary Allen, Violet Blue, James A. Cohen
Finders Keepers I (2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A story about fame, addiction and a custody battle over a man's leg.

Directors: Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel
Stars: John Wood, Shannon Whisnant
Weiner (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Laura Albert ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asia Argento ... Herself (archive footage)
Stephen Beachy Stephen Beachy ... Himself (archive sound)
Bruce Benderson Bruce Benderson ... Himself
Bono ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Bradford Arthur Bradford ... Himself (archive footage)
Dennis Cooper Dennis Cooper ... Himself
Billy Corgan ... Himself (archive footage)
Panio Gianopoulos Panio Gianopoulos ... Himself
Debbie Harry ... Herself (archive footage)
Mary Karr Mary Karr ... Herself (archive footage)
Geoffrey Knoop Geoffrey Knoop ... Himself (archive footage)
Savannah Knoop ... Herself
Courtney Love ... Herself (archive sound)
David Milch ... Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Master Piece. Master Mind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some drug material and violent images | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Author: La mentira de JT LeRoy See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,413, 11 September 2016

Gross USA:

$85,622
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features My Own Private Idaho (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

With Or Without You
(uncredited)
Written by U2 and Bono
Performed by U2
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Will the real JT Leroy please stand up. Now take a bow. Or curtsy. Or whatever.
23 April 2016 | by edwin-134See all my reviews

Just saw this brilliantly directed film at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The packed theater went bonkers.

Author: The JT Leroy Story, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, is inventive, mysterious, mesmerizing and about a dozen other superlatives.

And if you think you know the story of JT Leroy, you have another think coming.

You might say, what Samuel Clemens is to Mark Twain, author Laura Albert is to JT Leroy. Except Mr. Clemens and Mr. Twain aren't nearly as jaw-dropping provocative.

It's one of those "must-see-to-believe, one-of-a-kind" kind of films that has Oscar written all over it. From top to bottom, beginning to end.


9 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed