After 2015’s award-winning The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller returns with this adaptation of Lee Israel’s memoir. Melissa McCarthy gives a tour de force performance as Lee, a booze-soaked writer with a career in decline and an urgent need to find an income. In cahoots with her friend, fellow down-and-out Jack (Richard E Grant), she starts forging (and stealing) letters by well-known people and selling them. Heller’s sophomore film ‘comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics do, and it makes this difficult character a joy to meet’ – RogerEbert.com. 

 

 

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Director
Marielle Heller

Cast
Melissa McCarthy, Richard E Grant, Jane Curtin

Duration
107 min

Country
USA

Release year
2018

Short film
Plus: Candice, George Watson, UK, 10m

Preview screening courtesy of Fox Searchlight