Harvey Weinstein scandal focus of new BBC documentary

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is the subject of a new feature-length film commissioned by the BBC.

The 90-minute documentary, which will air on BBC Two, will focus on the disgraced film producer’s rise and fall following the numerous allegations of sexual assault that have dominated Hollywood in recent months.

Described as “the definitive take on the Weinstein scandal”, the programme will chart the film heavyweight’s takeover of the industry from the 1970s through the decades, while also looking at the history of sexism in Hollywood.

It will include interviews with some of the actresses who have accused him of sexual misconduct, as well as journalists, producers, directors, agents, lawyers and others within the industry who have yet to speak publicly about the producer.

Documentary director Ursula Macfarlane, whose credits include Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris and One Deadly Weekend In America, will direct the film and Lightbox, the company founded by Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn, will produce.

Harvey Weinstein (Toby Melville/PA)

Patrick Holland, controller, BBC Two said: “The breaking of silence over Harvey Weinstein is a watershed moment for the creative industries and for wider society.

“Ursula is a brilliant filmmaker and is perfectly placed to make the definitive documentary, piecing together the story of just how he abused his power and position.”

Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual, said: “This film promises to be the definitive take on the Weinstein scandal.

“As well as revealing the inside story of the past few months in minute detail, it will also look to the past to tell the story of abuses of power within Hollywood since its very origins and chart the rise of Harvey Weinstein himself over many decades.

“This is a film which will ask difficult and challenging questions about complicity, the price of silence and the corrosive effects of power and I’m certain that Lightbox will bring their signature approach to this important subject.”

Dozens of actresses, including Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne, have made allegations of harassment and assault against Weinstein since October.

He has denied ever engaging in “non-consensual sexual conduct”.


 

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