THE CULT OF JT LEROY
(Marjorie Sturm, U. S.). 92 minutes. Rating: NNNN If you know the truth about JT LeRoy – who came out of nowhere in 1999 with the gritty, apparently confessional novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things – then you’ll be a few steps ahead of Marjorie Sturm’s documentary, which plays out as a study of the mysterious author and holds back its key revelation as long as possible.
Most of the time, that’s a storytelling tactic that just pisses me off; there’s this thing called the public record, you know? But Sturm makes it work, showing us how LeRoy’s prose – and the enigmatic personality behind it – could become a sensation among people desperate to make a connection with a troubled artist.
Basically, if you can convince Susan Dey and the guy from Third Eye Blind, the sky’s the limit.
Apr 25, 7 pm, Scotiabank 4; Apr 27, 4:15 pm, ROM; May 1, 4: 30 pm, Fox; May 3, 2 pm, TIFF 1