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Harvey Weinstein scandal gets BBC documentary

Harvey Weinstein scandal gets BBC documentary”

It will examine his first steps in Hollywood in the 1970s and illuminate Hollywood's "deep-rooted sexism, revealing how the powerful have been able to construct a complex web of defences to shield themselves and behave with impunity".

Weinstein will also feature interviews with journalists, producers, directors, agents, lawyers and others who have previously been unable or unwilling to talk publicly about Weinstein and the culture of fear and abuse that permeates Hollywood.

The dust has not even settled on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with new allegations still coming out, but the BBC is already developing a feature-length documentary about the Hollywood mogul.

Simon and Jonathan Chinn, whose credits include docs such as Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man and LA 92, will executive produce.

"This is a film which will ask hard and challenging questions about complicity, the price of silence and the corrosive effects of power".

BBC commissioner Tom McDonald promised that the film, which has the working title of "Weinstein", will "ask hard and challenging questions about complicity, the price of silence and the corrosive effects of power".

He said: "This film promises to be the definitive take on the Weinstein scandal".

Weinstein - the film's working title - will explore how the 65-year-old producer exploited his power in Hollywood.

"Ursula is a brilliant film-maker and is perfectly placed to make the definitive documentary, piecing together the story of just how he abused his power and position".

The BBC is to lift the veil on Weinstein after more than 80 women accused him of various inappropriate behavior ranging from rape to sexual assault through to intimidation, bullying and unusual showering habits.

The doc will run to 90 minutes, and comes from director Ursula Macfarlane (Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris), with Simon and Jonathan Chinn's UK-based factual firm Lightbox producing.

Patrick Holland, the station's controller, called the breaking of silence in regard to Weinstein a "watershed moment" for wider society.

United Kingdom indie distributor Drive Media Rights has picked up the worldwide pre-sales rights, and according to Variety, a limited theatrical run is being prepped in order for the doc to qualify for awards season.



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