127 minutes – Drama Festival release date: September 10, 2018 (TIFF) Release date: August 23, 2019 Canadian distributor: Les Films Séville, eOne Entertainment
Ten years have passed since the death of an American TV star, the titular John F. Donovan, played by Kit Harington. A young actor working on a teen drama called Hellsome High, reflects on the written correspondence he conducted with the fallen performer. Thandie Newton plays a journalist who interviews the next generation actor about his dealings with Donovan. Meanwhile, in a circular fashion, an 11-year old boy, Rupert, played by Jacob Tremblay, a fan of Hellsome High writes letters to the show’s cast. This film is the English-language debut for the multi-award-winning Xavier Dolan.
John F. Donovan Moira McCallister-King Jeanette Barbara Haggermaker (John’s manager) Grace Donovan (John’s mother) James Donovan Audrey Newhouse Rupert Turner Sam Turner (Rupert’s mother) Rupert Turner (Adult) Will Jefford Jr. Amy Bosworth Narrator Liz Jones Big Billy Bonnie Moira’s assistant Trish Hellsome High actress Journalist #4 Lawyer James, the Director Aunt Anne Policeman Adam’s Mother Douche Photographer Commuter Journalist Salim Editor #1