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BBC-2, Harvey Weinstein Documentary Commissioned

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Although the fact that the story is still developing we are in the middle of a seismic shift in which the way the powerful Hollywood elite are viewed, the time is definitely right for an examination into the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

With a working title of Weinstein, the 90 minute documentary will detail Weinstein’s rise and fall as well as revealing one of the most far-reaching scandals in Hollywood’s history. The director is Ursula Macfarlane and the production company is Lightbox.

The film will use the Weinstein scandal as a prism through which to explore the history of Hollywood and delve into the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse that developed with the emergence of the studio system in the 1930s.

Weinstein will also chart Weinstein’s extraordinary rise to power and prominence from his first steps in Hollywood in the 1970s and illuminate Hollywood’s deep-rooted sexism revealing how the powerful have been able to construct a complex web of defences to shield themselves and behave with impunity.

Weinstein will include interviews with sources including the many actresses who have been brave enough to tell their stories, together with journalists, producers, directors, actors, agents, lawyers and others who have previously been unable or unwilling to talk publicly about Weinstein and the culture of fear and abuse that permeates Hollywood.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two says: “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.”

Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual says: “This film promises to be the definitive take on the Weinstein scandal. As well as revealing the inside story of the past few months in minute detail, it will also look to the past to tell the story of abuses of power within Hollywood since its very origins and chart the rise of Harvey Weinstein himself over many decades. This is a film which will ask difficult and challenging questions about complicity, the price of silence and the corrosive effects of power and I’m certain that Lightbox will bring their signature approach to this important subject.”

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