‘It was really an investigation’: inside HBO’s explosive Allen v Farrow documentary

‘It was really an investigation’: inside HBO’s explosive Allen v Farrow documentary

The Guardian

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In a new four-part series, the allegations of sexual abuse aimed at Woody Allen are dissected and examined in exhaustive detail

When film-makers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick first met Dylan Farrow in January 2018, they were skeptical about how much could be added to the record seared in the public memory of her family’s infamous division, arguably the most publicized and scrutinized case of alleged incest in recent American history. The directors behind some of the decade’s most incisive documentaries on sexual assault and the cultures which permit and abet it, including On The Record, The Hunting Ground and The Invisible War, were familiar with the broad strokes of Dylan’s story: that in August 1992, at age seven, she claims that her adoptive father, the superstar director Woody Allen, sexually assaulted her in an attic. Allen denied ever molesting Dylan, and cast the allegations – in public and in an acrimonious, highly scrutinized 1993 custody suit against Dylan’s mother, Mia Farrow – as the machinations of a scorned woman (Mia had recently discovered Allen’s sexual relationship with adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, then 21).

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