The Cult of JT Leroy

The Cult of JT Leroy

Directed by Marjorie Sturm

J.T. Leroy burst onto the literary scene in the early 2000's with "Sarah" and "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things". The novels' charged tales of vicious child abuse inflicted on young queer kids earned the mysterious author comparisons to William S. Burroughs and Dennis Cooper. Leroy himself began making public appearances. When a reporter started to probe, he soon uncovered that there was in fact, no such person as J.T. Leroy. Leroy had been an elaborate literary hoax.

Weaving never-before-seen documentary footage shot during the height of JT Leroy's fame with interviews with some of Leroy/Alpert's friends and critics, director Marjorie Sturm delves deep into one of the greatest cultural cons of the 21st century.

Member Reviews

Talking about truth, interesting but way too long. Can’t most viewers acknowledge that after about 30 minutes, we get the message, and the balance seems like strung-out agony?

AmyLanger
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a month ago

This is one of the most insane stories ive ever heard. A truly post-modern tale

Tenley15
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2 months ago

ridiculous and criminal and amazing. "there, but for the grace of god, go i" type of stuff. all the feelings.

erinpipes
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2 years ago

W O W . There's not one likable person in this entire documentary. It's the seven headed monster emerged- the famous, the hanger ons, how quickly celebrity feeds upon tragedy in order to gain credibility and soulfulness. Super gross and incredibly compelling to watch.

jessicap17
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2 years ago

I'd seen a few clips online about "JT" and became curious so I looked to this doc for more clarity on the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this, especially the intimate footage with some of the celebs. I'm definitely interested in reading the books now.

fern666a
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2 years ago