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.