This poster is as disturbing as I hear the movie is!
Don’t be deceived. The trailer below for True Deception below is actually the trailer for The Adderall Diaries, but for some unaccountable reason the film is being released in the UK on April 22nd under the True Deception title. It’s slated for release here in the states on April 19th. Starring James (busy, busy, busy) Franco, Amber Heard, Ed Harris, Christian Slater and Cynthia Nixon, True Deception AKA The Adderall Diaries was scripted and directed by a woman, Pamela Romanowsky. The Adderall Diaries is based on the memoir by Stephen Elliott.
Here’s the rundown on the story from the publisher, Grey Wolf Press:
In the spring of 2007, a brilliant computer programmer named Hans Reiser stands accused of murdering his estranged wife, Nina. Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence against him, he proclaims his innocence. The case takes a twist when Nina’s former lover, and Hans’s former best friend, Sean Sturgeon, confesses to eight unrelated murders that no one has ever heard of.
At the time of Sturgeon’s confession, Stephen Elliot is paralyzed by writer’s block, in the thrall of Adderall dependency, and despondent over the state of his romantic life. But he is fascinated by Sturgeon, whose path he has often crossed in San Francisco’s underground S&M scene. What kind of person, he wonders, confesses to a murder he likely did not commit? One answer is, perhaps, a man like Elliott’s own father.
So begins a riveting journey through a neon landscape of false confessions, self-medication, and torturous sex. Set against the backdrop of a nation at war, in the declining years of the Silicon Valley tech boom and the dawn of Paris Hilton’s celebrity, The Adderall Diaries is at once a gripping account of a murder trial and a scorching investigation of the self. Tough, tender, and unflinchingly honest, it is the breakout book by one of the most daring writers of his generation.
IndieWire has a review based on the film’s screening at Tribeca last year.