Leaving Neverland

About

As one of the world’s most celebrated icons, Michael Jackson represents many things to many people—a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol. When allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that the King of Pop could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. In separate but parallel stories that echo one another, two boys were each befriended by Jackson, who invited them into his singular and wondrous world. Seduced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence and enthralled by their relationship with him, both boys' families were blind to the manipulation and abuse that he would ultimately subject them to.

Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents.

The Festival will present both episodes of this disarming documentary series, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY Special Events

COUNTRY U.S.A; United Kingdom

RUN TIME 236 min

COMPANY AMOS Pictures Ltd

WEBSITE Lana.Iny@hbo.com

EMAIL janet@amospictures.co.uk

PHONE +44 (0)7968 094 914

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Artist Bio

Dan Reed

Dan Reed's films, including HBO’s Terror tetralogy, combine exhaustive investigation with character-led storytelling and a cinematic sound and picture. Reed's credits include double BAFTA-winning The Paedophile Hunter; docudrama Shooters, featuring a cast of real-life underworld gunmen; the frontline war documentary The Valley; and the multi-camera money-laundering sting From Russia with Cash. Reed has also directed prime-time detective fiction on BBC and ITV. He runs a production house, AMOS Pictures, in London.