Sheffield Doc/Fest has confirmed that it has canceled the Bill Wyman event and screenings of Oliver Murray’s The Quiet One.
The festival declined to provide further comment.
Wyman, 82, was a founding member of legendary rock band The Rolling Stones, playing bass for the group for nearly three decades. The musician is not without a controversial past. When Wyman was 47, he embarked on a relationship with 13-year-old Mandy Smith who he met at an awards party. He went on to marry Smith when she turned 18. However, the couple separated two years later in 1991 and finalized their divorce in 1993. Wyman then married Suzanne Acosta, with whom he has three children.
Earlier this month, Sheffield Doc/Fest announced that Wyman was to take part in the UK documentary festival’s 2019 Doc/Rhythm strand. The bassist was slated to participate in a conversation with Murray who was premiering his project about Wyman’s life, The Quiet One, to a European audience. Murray was granted exclusive access to Wyman’s rich body of film footage, photographs and memorabilia that he has collected throughout his life.
However, the festival announced it was pulling The Quiet One and the interview with Wyman on March 22. Although the festival declined to provide further comment, the announcement of Wyman’s appearance at the event caused backlash on social media.
As of publication, The Quiet One is still scheduled to world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 2. The New York-set festival has yet to respond to inquiries about the screening.