Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Crime, Comedy, Biography
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Marielle Heller
Written by
Melissa McCarthy, Dolly Wells, Erik LaRay Harvey, Richard E. Grant, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin, Stephen Spinella, Christian Navarro, Pun Bandhu
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Anne Carey , Amy Nauiokas , David Yarnell
Fox Searchlight Pictures
production company:
Fox Searchlight Pictures , Archer Gray
assistant director:
Karen Kane , Chelsea Ryan
sfx supervisor:
Shannen Walsh
107 minutes
Brandon Trost


When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.

The film was in development since 2015 and was once seen as a vehicle for Julianne Moore. Melissa McCarthy was officially cast in 2016, and the supporting cast filled out in 2017 as filming began. Production ran through January-March of that year.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and earned positive reviews. It is seen as a possible Oscar contender, particularly in categories such as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.