In 2010, filmmaker Barry Avrich wrote, directed and produced Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, a documentary about the micro-managing, hair-trigger tempered but ultimately genius Hollywood producer. Now Avrich and producer Melissa Hood’s new documentary The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret will have its world premiere at the 25th Hot Docs Film Festival. It will bow as part of the festival’s Special Presentations program
Avrich’s new feature length documentary returns to detail what he didn’t know then about the far darker side of the now-disgraced sexual predator. Which begs the question, if it was Hollywood’s worst kept secret, how come the subject didn’t come up eight years ago in his first doc.
The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret is executive produced by Hood, Patrice Theroux and Avrich.
The Reckoning opens with a contrite Weinstein packing off to a rehab centre, right before the #MeToo movement exploded.
But the film doesn’t only talk about Weinstein, it looks at other scandals involving James Toback, Woody Allen and Louis C.K. It features interviews with insiders, those who came forth as victims and whistleblowers.
The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret will screen on Saturday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Afterwards, there will be an extended post-screening Q&A with special guest subjects, and on Saturday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
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