BBC’s “Definitive” Weinstein Documentary Will Include People Speaking Out for the First Time
There’s been plenty written about Harvey Weinstein in the last year. Now, a new documentary is on the way to help us make sense of not just the producer’s vile acts, but how they relate to the industry as a whole.
The BBC’s feature-length documentary promises to be the “definitive” account of the how Weinstein used his power to assault and harass women while taking their careers as hostage. The film comes from two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man). According to Variety, it will include interviews with “actresses who have accused Weinstein of misconduct as well as with journalists, producers, directors, actors, agents and lawyers involved in the scandal. Some of the people will be speaking publicly for the first time about the story.”
Chinn, who said he was “not a little shocked” by the news about Weinstein, said:
“As the story evolved, we started to think about the industry as a whole and the culture and complicity of the industry, and the question of how Harvey got away with that level of alleged behavior and…whether we are looking at a real watershed moment.”
The producer spoke about how important it was for him that a woman took charge of the project, praising director Ursula MacFarlane. As the director of Charlie: Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris, she’s no stranger to portraying difficult material. “I think she will come at the story with a female perspective…She’s an incredibly sensitive filmmaker who will be able to relate to many of the victims of [Weinstein’s] alleged abuse with great sensitivity.”
A documentary about Weinstein is a project that could go in any number of directions, but from what we know so far it sounds promising.
(via Vulture, image: David Shankbone/Flickr)
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