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Showtime, Neon to debut Laura Poitras’ “Risk”

Citizenfour Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras‘ documentary on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been added to Showtime Documentary Films’ growing roster. Risk, which premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, provides an ...
April 10, 2017

Citizenfour Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras‘ documentary on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been added to Showtime Documentary Films’ growing roster.

Risk, which premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, provides an exclusive look into the controversial Australian Internet activist and the divisive non-profit whistleblowing organization he founded in 2006. The doc was filmed over six years and continued through the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, in which WikiLeaks published sensitive materials and emails from the Democratic National Committee.

The film was produced in association with Poitras’ documentary unit Field of Vision and First Look Media.

Showtime Networks has partnered with Neon, the distribution shingle launched by Tom Quinn and Tim League, to release the film theatrically nationwide, with a television premiere slated for this summer on Showtime.

Risk is executive produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.

The film joins Showtime’s budding stable of documentaries that includes forthcoming films Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s Whitney: Can I Be Me?, Lili Fini Zanuck’s Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars and a feature-length profile on comedic legend John Belushi.

“It is an exciting time to be working with Showtime and Neon,” said Poitras in a statement. “Both organizations are thinking outside the box about how to bring complex stories to a wide audience. I am thrilled to team up with them on Risk.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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