10th Aug - Billy Chainsaw’s SUBTERRANEAN presents…
Billy Chainsaw’s SUBTERRANEAN presents…
an EXCLUSIVE, SANCTIONED BY THE DIRECTOR SCREENING of Marjorie Sturm’s THE CULT OF JT LEROY + Chris Collier’s PHOMETRICA: REDACTED
In light of the recent release of new documentary about the JT Leroy story, here’s a chance to see the original documentary about the affair. Directed by Marjorie Sturm, the fascinating and compelling film has only ever had one previous screening in the UK.
Billy Chainsaw’s SUBTERRANEAN presents… an EXCLUSIVE and SANCTIONED BY THE DIRECTOR SCREENING of Marjorie Sturm’s THE CULT OF JT LEROY – after the screening BILLY CHAINSAW will be interviewed by JASON ATOMIC about his personal involvement in the JT LEROY affair.
+ CHRIS COLLIER’s cult-centric “PHOMETRICA: REDACTED”
Location: THE UNDERDOG, ARCH 6, CRUCIFIX LANE, LONDON SE1 3JW
Date: Wednesday 10 AUGUST Time: 7pm-11.30pm Admission: £5 on the door. There will be a fully licensed bar.
ABOUT “THE CULT OF JT LEROY” MOVIE:
JT LeRoy was a teen prostitute, addicted to heroin and infected with HIV, when a therapist encouraged him to write his life story. Buoyed by a cadre of celebrities, he published three critically acclaimed books, including "Sarah" and "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things." But as his fame skyrocketed, the shocking truth emerged: JT was not what he seemed. What followed was a downfall as bewildering as it was tragic.
Drawn into LeRoy’s inner circle before the truth came to light, filmmaker Marjorie Sturm was misled like many others. Through intimate interviews with many close to the tarnished figure, Sturm attempts to untangle what really happened, and in the process explores how his deception called into question not only the value of LeRoy’s writing absent authenticity, but our culture’s complicity with the author’s seductive cult of personality.
"This story is an utterly fascinating look at identity, gender, role-playing, fraud, and deception . . . Sturm was there on the ground level before LeRoy's true identity was exposed." – IndieWire
"A first rate documentary about a remarkable literary hoax . . . The result is consistently absorbing . . . " - Variety
"A fascinating account . . . holds a mirror to the underside of literary celebrity." - New York Times