BBC Commissions ‘Definitive’ Harvey Weinstein Scandal Documentary

Ursula MacFarlane (“Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris”) to direct

Last Updated: December 18, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

BBC Two announced Monday that it has commissioned a two-part documentary to tell the “definitive story” of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

With a working title of “Weinstein,” the documentary will chronicle not just Weinstein’s career, but also will look at how since the 1930s the Hollywood system has enabled “the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse” within the studio system.

Ursula MacFarlane (“Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris”) will direct the documentary and it will be produced by two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn’s Lightbox company.

The 90-minute documentary will feature interviews with actresses who have accused the mogul of wrongdoing as well as with journalists, producers, directors, actors, agents, lawyers and others who have previously been unable or unwilling to talk publicly about Weinstein.

“This film promises to be the definitive take on the Weinstein scandal,” Tom McDonald, head of commissioning of natural history and specialist factual for BBC, said in a statement. “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.”

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, added: “The breaking of silence over Harvey Weinstein is a watershed moment for the creative industries and for wider society.”

No release date has been set.