"The Death & Life of John F. Donovan" is a Canadian drama film directed by Xavier Dolan.
The starring cast includes Kit Harington as John F. Donovan, Natalie Portman as Sam Turner, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon as Grace Donovan, Kathy Bates as Barbara Haggermaker, Thandiwe Newton as Audrey Newhouse, Ben Schnetzer, Amara Karan as Mrs. Kureishi, Jared Keeso as James Donovan, Chris Zylka as Will Jefford Jr. and others.

Here are "The Death & Life of John F. Donovan" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Death & Life of John F. Donovan movie?

Momentum Pictures on Thursday, November 14, 2019 released the trailer for "The Death & Life of John F. Donovan" you can watch here:
The Death And Life Of John F Donovan - Official Trailer.

Plot summary

What is The Death & Life of John F. Donovan movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Death & Life of John F. Donovan" movie plot summary.

In 2017, Times journalist Audrey Newhouse (Thandiwe Newton) interviews actor Rupert Turner about his recently published book Letters to a Young Actor. The book collects letters he received from John F. Donovan (Kit Harington), an actor he corresponded with as a child and who died from a drug overdose.
In a flashback to the mid-2000s, Turner is a child actor who is bullied by his homophobic schoolmates. He idolizes Donovan, who plays the lead character in the teen drama series Hellsome High. The tabloid press frequently speculates that Donovan is gay and closeted; when gossip regarding Donovan soliciting male prostitutes makes headlines, his correspondence with Turner is made public, sparking malicious speculation about the nature of Turner and Donovan's relationship. Donovan writes his final letter to Turner, and dies shortly after.
In the present, Turner says he does not know whether or not Donovan's death was related to the scandal. Newhouse muses that she initially dismissed Turner's book as "mishaps from the First World," but has reconsidered based on their meeting.


Who plays who in the The Death & Life of John F. Donovan movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Death & Life of John F. Donovan" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

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

Release date

When is The Death & Life of John F. Donovan movie release date?

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


What are The Death & Life of John F. Donovan filming details?

The duration of the film is 123 minutes. The film grossed over $3.3 million.

"The Death & Life of John F. Donovan" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began on July 9, 2016, in Montreal.


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

"The Death & Life of John F. Donovan" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.2/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 19/100.

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