"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.
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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.
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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.
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"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.
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.
"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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