When JT Leroy stepped onto the literary scene, there was nothing about him that was not sensational. The shy author wrote about a childhood marked by child prostitution, gender confusion, violence and religious indoctrination, and captivated both the reading world and the media. The androgynous figure also had an impressive following, with people like Lou Reed, Gus Van Sant, Tom Waits, Courtney Love, John Waters and Debbie Harry swarming around him. But when newspapers started questioning his story, it soon became clear that JT Leroy was not who he claimed to be – in fact, he didn't even exist.
Jeff Feuerzeig (USA, 1964) Filmography: THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON (2005), HALF JAPANESE: THE BAND THAT WOULD BE KING (1993)