BBC Orders Feature-Length Documentary on Harvey Weinstein and ‘Hollywood’s Culture of Abuse’

US producer Harvey Weinstein poses on May 24, 2013 as he arrives for the screening of the film 'The Immigrant' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on …
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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s incredible rise to power and his epic fall from grace is getting the Hollywood treatment from the BBC, which is developing a 90-minute feature documentary on how Weinstein’s alleged abuses were uncovered and went unreported for years.

The documentary, tentatively titled Weinstein, will include interviews with “the many actresses who have been brave enough to tell their stories,” as well as producers, directors, actors, agents, lawyers, and journalists about Hollywood’s culture of sexual abuse, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

The project will be directed by Ursula MacFarlane with the production company Lightbox, which intends to provide “the definitive story of Weinstein’s career, fall from grace and Hollywood’s culture of abuse” by offering “fresh insights and revelations to the epic story of Weinstein’s rise and fall.”

Lightbox added that the film would “delve into the complex mix of money, power, exploitation, and abuse that developed with the emergence of the studio system in the 1930s” to lift the lid on “the culture of fear and abuse that permeates Hollywood.”

They continued:

Through telling the story of Weinstein’s extraordinary rise and fall, this film will really get to the heart of the big questions that lie at the center of the scandal: how did Weinstein get away with his behavior for so long, what does his story reveal about how powerful men have operated in Hollywood and beyond and will this be a watershed moment in terms of the way women are treated in the workplace?

“The breaking of silence over Harvey Weinstein is a watershed moment for the creative industries and for wider society,” added Patrick Holland, the controller of BBC Two, the channel on which the documentary will air. “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.”

Initial allegations against Weinstein emerged in October in a bombshell New York Times report, leading to nearly 90 women accusing him of sexual crimes ranging from harassment to rape, which has also sparked a wider sexual misconduct scandal across the entertainment and media industries.

Weinstein was consequently fired from his role at The Weinstein Company, a company he co-founded in 2005 with his brother Bob Weinstein, and was expelled from numerous Hollywood trade organizations, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy, and the Producers Guild of America.

Harvey Weinstein has since checked into a sexual rehabilitation facility in Arizona, while law enforcement agencies in both Los Angeles and New York are reportedly preparing indictments against him. Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Police Department has also assembled a task force to investigate sexual abuse allegations against the scores of prominent figures across the industry accused of wrongdoing.

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