Hot Docs ’18: Barry Avrich’s Weinstein doc added to lineup

The Reckoning: Hollywood?s Worst Kept Secret is the Canadian filmmaker?s follow up to his 2010 doc about the Hollywood mogul.
April 17, 2018

Barry Avrich’s documentary The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret will make its world premiere in the Special Presentations program at this year’s Hot Docs.

Produced by Melissa Hood, Avrich’s film is a follow-up of sorts to his 2010 doc Unauthorised: The Harvey Weinstein Project, which examined the career and notorious temperament of the beleaguered Hollywood producer. After numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein came to light last year, it was widely reported that Avrich intended to make a new Weinstein doc.

Featuring interviews from alleged victims and whistleblowers, The Reckoning begins as Weinstein heads to rehab and details the aftermath of the allegations that rocked the film and TV industry last October. According to a press release, the film explores systemic abuse in the film industry, and tackles scandals involving Woody Allen, Louis C.K. and James Toback, in addition to featuring interviews with Canadian figures like Marie Henein and Margaret Wente.

Hood, Avrich (pictured) and Patrice Theroux are all exec producers on the project.

The doc will premiere at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on April 28 at 1 p.m. ET with a Q&A post-screening.

Other docs selected to screen in the festival’s Special Presentations category include Louie Psihoyos‘ The Game Changers (produced by Joseph Pace and James Wilks), Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s McQueen and Steve Loveridge’s doc on the evolution of rapper/singer-songwriter M.I.A in Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

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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.