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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

The first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe since his death from AIDS in 1989. A unique portrait of an artist who turned photography into contemporary fine art with and ignited a culture war still raging to this day.

BBFC rating
18
Year
2016
Running time
108 mins
Country
USA
Format
DCP
Other features
DOC
Director
Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbat

The JT LeRoy Story

New York magazine’s October 2005 issue sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about his sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was dreamed up by 40-year-old San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, Laura Albert. The film takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation.

As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but for Albert, channelling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.

BBFC rating
15
Year
2016
Running time
110 mins
Country
USA
Format
DCP
Other features
DOC
Director
Jeff Feuerzeig

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August 22nd

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

The JT LeRoy Story

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