BBC Co-Produced Citizen Harvey to Premiere at Cannes
During the #MeToo movement came an announcement at the end of last year to create a documentary featuring interviews with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, including actresses, journalists, producers, directors, actors, agents, and lawyers. Directed by Ursala MacFarlane ('Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris'), 'Citizen Harvey' was co-produced by Lightbox and the BBC, and will air on TV in the UK after Cannes. Embankment is handling sales.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, Lightbox (Kevin MacDonald's 'Whitney') founders, Simon and Jonathan Chinn speak about the project. It is also worth noting that Simon had once met the disgraced film mogul.
“We want the film to illuminate how power operates for those who hold it, those who are abused or seduced by it, and those who allow it to go unchecked and unchallenged,” the Chinns said. “With similar excesses and abuses now coming to light around the world, we think that ‘Citizen Harvey’ will have incredible resonance for international theatrical audiences.”
"As the story evolved, we started to think about the industry as a whole and the culture and complicity of the industry, and the question of how Harvey got away with that level of alleged behavior and whether we are looking at a real watershed moment." - Economic Times
Since the #MeToo movement involves the jarring mistreatment of women in entertainment, the Chinns stressed how important it was that the film be directed by a female. While many social movements tend to die out, due to lack of relevancy, its good to see this one is coming back with a vengeance - in a very meta way.
“The impact of such a scandal reaches far beyond Hollywood, and this movie implicitly poses challenging questions, not just about our current leaders but also how we treat each other, and where we can collectively go from here.” - Tim Haslam, Embankment