UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s prodco Lightbox to produce a feature-length documentary on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Directed by Ursula MacFarlane (Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris, One Deadly Weekend in America), Weinstein (w/t) aims to tell the story of Weinstein’s life as well as provide an in-depth look into one of Hollywood’s most far-reaching scandals following the dozens of allegations of sexual assault made against Weinstein.
Through the lens of the Weinstein scandal, the 90-minute doc will look at the history of Hollywood and the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse that developed with the emergence of the studio system in the 1930s. It will follow Weinstein’s rise to power and fame and shed light on the industry’s deep-rooted sexism.
“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?” said Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, executive producers of the film, in a statement.
The film will feature interviews with various actresses who have come forward to tell their stories, along with journalists, producers, directors, actors, agents, lawyers and others who have felt unable to talk openly and publicly about Weinstein and the culture of fear that permeates Hollywood.
“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,” said Patrick Holland, controller, BBC2.
Lightbox’s previous projects include Captive, an eight -part series for Netflix about international hostage crises; L War Child, a feature documentary on the refugee crisis for Channel 4; Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue for BBC Two and The Traffickers for Fusion. Lightbox’s feature doc LA 92, about the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, was recently shortlisted in the feature documentary category for the 2018 Academy Awards.