Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell, an upcoming doc special from UK-based Roast Beef Productions for Channel 4, is going to be shopped globally by All3Media International.
The London-headquartered distribution arm of the global superindie has secured global distribution rights, excluding the UK, for the 90-minute special which is set to air on the British pubcaster later this year.
The special examines the British socialite and the stranger than fiction trajectory her life has taken as she awaits trial on charges that she recruited and groomed teenage girls for convicted sex offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s. Maxwell is currently in prison in Brooklyn with a trial date set for July of this year; Epstein, while being held on sex trafficking charges, was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in 2019, with the death officially being ruled a suicide by hanging.
The upcoming special will feature exclusive interviews with Maxwell’s friends, former boyfriends, rivals and confidants, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Maxwell before. It will also follow the trial as it unfolds this summer, with access to legal process, journalists and contributors close to the proceedings.
“The expertise and authority in non-fiction guarantees this will be the ultimate, timely telling of Ghislaine Maxwell’s story,” said Rachel Job, SVP of non-scripted at All3Media International, in a statement. “The Roast Beef team have already delivered some of the most gripping films in the non-fiction genre in recent years, and this latest production, with its eminent line-up of creatives behind the camera, promises further compelling, excellent television. It will deliver the truth behind the verdict – and will be responsive and reactive to the trial process.”
The special is directed by Erica Gornall (Saudi Women’s Driving School), and produced by Mike Lerner (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, The Great Hack, The Vow) and Katherine Haywood (Who Cares?, Cashing in on Degrees). Dorothy Byrne (Leaving Neverland), Channel 4′s editor-at-large and former head of news and current affairs, is executive producer.
Lerner (pictured), in a statement, called Maxwell “a woman of many faces who has lived several different lives. But who is Ghislaine Maxwell really and what does her story tell us about high society in London and New York.”