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.
Momentum Pictures on Thursday, November 14, 2019 released the trailer:
The Death And Life Of John F Donovan - Official Trailer.
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.
Here is the full cast of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
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.
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.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan got low rating from critics.
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