The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is a Canadian drama film directed by Xavier Dolan.
Starring Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Ben Schnetzer, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Jared Keeso, Amara Karan, Chris Zylka, Emily Hampshire and others.

Watch the official trailer for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Momentum Pictures on Thursday, November 14, 2019 released the trailer:
The Death And Life Of John F Donovan - Official Trailer.

What is The Death and Life of John F. Donovan about?

In a Prague coffeehouse in 2017, Times journalist Audrey Newhouse (Thandie Newton) interviews actor Rupert Turner (Ben Schnetzer) because of his publication of Letters to a Young Actor. The book collects letters he received as a child from John F. Donovan, an actor he was a fan of a decade ago and who died of an overdose.
In the mid-2000s, Rupert Turner (Jacob Tremblay), a child actor living with his mother (Natalie Portman) in the UK, is bullied by homophobic schoolmates and idolizes Donovan. Donovan (Kit Harington), who plays the main character of Hellsome High, a teen drama TV series, struggles in Hollywood with regular gossip on him being a gay in the closet.
One day, a gossip on Donovan picking up male prostitutes makes headlines. Coincidentally, the fact he has been regularly answering fan letters from Rupert is revealed and sparks malicious speculation. While publicky mocking the rumour, Donovan writes a last letter to his fan. He dies shortly after.
Back to 2017, Turner says he does not know whether or not Donovan's death is related to the scandal. Newhouse had first dismissed Turner's account as "mishaps from the First World" but she proposes to pay the bill and looks at him leaving the place radiantly on a motorbike with his boyfriend.

Who's in the The Death and Life of John F. Donovan cast?

Here is the full cast of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

Kit Harington John F. Donovan
Natalie Portman Sam Turner
Susan Sarandon Grace Donovan
Ben Schnetzer Rupert Turner (21 y.o.)
Kathy Bates Barbara Haggermaker
Thandie Newton Audrey Newhouse
Jared Keeso James Donovan
Amara Karan Mrs. Kureishi
Chris Zylka Will Jefford Jr.
Emily Hampshire Amy Bosworth
Michael Gambon Man in Diner
Jacob Tremblay Rupert Turner
Sarah Gadon Liz Jones
Ari Millen Big Billy
Susan Almgren Aunt Faith
Jane Wheeler Aunt Anne
Craig Eldridge Uncle Patrick
Lukas Rolfe Cedric James
Gijs Blom Rupert's Boyfriend
Rob Baker Late Night Show Host
Ellen David Adam's Mother
Pat Kiely Director
Anne Mroczkowski News Anchor
James Marchant Police Officer
Suzanne Virdee Female Anchor
Guenièvre Sandré Barmaid
Sangita Patel Journalist #1
Hamza Haq Journalist #2
Matthew Raudsepp Hellsome High Actor
Allan Michael Brunet Cashier
Michael Dozier Lawyer #1
Harvey Diamond Lawyer #2
Pierre-Luc Lafontaine Fan in the Club
Vincent Messina Young Fan
Anthony Luigi Aguiar Young Fan (as Anthony Aguiar)
Cassie Luk Young Fan
Hannah Morgan Lord Young Fan
Rebecca Windheim Young Fan

When is The Death and Life of John F. Donovan released in cinemas?

The film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan was scheduled to be released on September 10, 2018 (TIFF), on March 13, 2019 (France), on August 23, 2019 (Canada) and on December 13, 2019 (United States) by Les Films Séville, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Mars Distribution, Spentzos Films, NOS Audiovisuais, Lucky Red, Momentum Pictures, Phantom FIlm and Shochiku.

What are The Death and Life of John F. Donovan film specifications?

The duration of the film is 127 minutes. The film grossed over $3.3 million.

The film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is rated with "R" rating.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan filming. Principal photography began on July 9, 2016, in Montreal.

What are critics and audiences saying about The Death and Life of John F. Donovan?

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan got low rating from critics.

Other sites about The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

More information about The Death and Life of John F. Donovan you can get at:

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