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Leaving Neverland,

Leaving Neverland  

Synopsis

When allegations of sexual abuse by Michael 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, James Safechuck (10) and Wade Robson (7) were each befriended by Jackson, who invited them into his singular, fairy-tale world as his career reached its peak. Their families were unaware of the manipulation and abuse he would subject the boys to over a period of years.

Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation, deception and the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their abuse only once they each had had a young son of their own.

Playing out against the backdrop of our collective experience, the film documents the value of breaking a long-held silence, even when it implicates a powerful, revered figure.

*****

PRESS REVIEWS

Featured in 10 Best Movies of Sundance 2019 ROLLING STONE

“Hard to watch, tougher to ignore, impossible to forget...a portrait of bravery.” - ROLLING STONE

Forces us to confront the reality that the greatest pop genius since the Beatles was, beneath his talent, a monster” – VARIETY

Overwhelmingly powerful and convincing” – VARIETY

“A damning new documentary leaves the singer’s legacy in tatters amid shocking allegations of child abuse” – TIME OUT LONDON

it only takes about two minutes into the four-hour documentary Leaving Neverland to realise that Michael Jackson’s legacy is never going to be the same again” – THE GUARDIAN

:star::star::star::star::star: “Horrifying” THE TELEGRAPH

You’ll never listen to Michael Jackson the same way again. In fact, you may never listen to Michael Jackson again at all” – INDIEWIRE

An HBO documentary series that shows why sometimes it takes four hours, many years and some missteps to finally tell your truth” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Among Leaving Neverland’s remarkable achievements is Reed’s empathetic skill at providing the proper context” – SCREEN DAILY

“Disturbing and devastating”BBC

"Crucial and careful, Leaving Neverland gives empathetic breadth and depth to the complicated afterlife of child sexual abuse as experienced by adult survivors" – ROTTEN TOMATOES

“Michael Jackson cast a spell. Leaving Neverland breaks it” - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“It’s a radically empathetic film about the resonating impact of sexual abuse” - VULTURE

“A work of extraordinary restraint and moral urgency” - VOX

“Undeniably heartbreaking, upsetting, and creepy as hell, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it.” - DECIDER

Featured in "Most In-Demand Documentary Series in the World 2019" - PARROT ANALYTICS


Genre: Theatrical, Non-Fiction

Sub Genre: Documentary

Year of Production: 2019

Running Time: 2 x 120-minutes or 2 x 90-100-minutes (92 and 95-minute parts)

Available in HD: Yes

Country: UK

Production Company:An AMOS Pictures Production