London-headquartered Roast Beef Productions, the non-fiction prodco behind such docs as the Oscar-nominated The Square and the recently announced Klarsfeld, will partner with All3Media International on a Channel 4–commissioned docuseries about disgraced actor Kevin Spacey (pictured).
Spacey Unmasked (w/t) will chart the course of the actor’s life and career as he moved from success on the Broadway stage into films, where he became an unlikely but bona fide star thanks to his Oscar-winning turns in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. But even as he enjoyed ongoing success in film, theatre (as the artistic director of London’s Old Vic from 2004 to 2015) and television (as the star of Netflix’s flagship drama series House of Cards), allegations of troubling offscreen behavior ultimately resulted in a precipitous fall from grace, as several men came forward to accuse him of numerous instances of sexual harassment or assault over a nearly 30-year period.
The new two-part documentary will focus on two ongoing legal proceedings against Spacey. The first is the civil case that was initiated in September 2020 by Star Trek: Discovery co-star Anthony Rapp, who alleges that Spacey made a sexual advance toward him at a party in 1986, when Rapp was only 14 years old. The second is the recent criminal case brought against Spacey in May of this year that charges the actor with four counts of sexual assault against three men in the UK, which were allegedly committed during Spacey’s tenure with the Old Vic.
Kira Phillips will be directing the doc, while Kathy Haywood serves as producer. Roast Beef Productions’ Mike Lerner and Channel 4 editor at large Dorothy Byrne are executive producers.
“I’m delighted that this important story is being taken on by such a stellar documentary team, who I know will tell it with the sensitivity, thoughtfulness and journalistic rigor it requires,” said Alisa Pomeroy, head of documentaries for C4, in a release announcing the project.