The world learned the entertainment industry’s darkest secret in 2017 when investigative journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey the new York Times Harvey Weinstein knocked down. NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow soon followed up with details. New Yorker. HBO TV series Catch and Kill: The Podcast TapesIn this book, Farrow takes us down a deep rabbit hole of investigative intrigue, uncovering the worst of Weinstein’s “villain” characters.
6-part documentary series based on Farrow’s book catch and kill
Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are responsible for the series releasing on HBO and HBO Max in July. It completed its last episode only last week. The story of abuses of power, abuse of women and people risking their lives to bring the truth to the public is as captivating as it is rebellious. The Emmy-winning directors shared the details in an interview with Salon in July.
Barbato stresses that while sweeping changes have occurred, it is important to note how difficult it was for story breakers to do so.
“Change has happened, but it’s important to understand how difficult it can be for some stories like this to see the light of day,” Barbato explained to Salon. “It’s the persistence and hard work of so many people, clearly Ronan at the forefront, to tell this story against so many odds, against one corporation, saying, ‘No, we’re not going to push this story.’ We all thank him for persisting in helping others.”
Farrow, the son of actor Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, has seen his share of controversy. His sister, Dylan Farrow, accused Allen of sexual abuse. Allen eventually married one of Pharaoh’s sisters, Soon-Yi Previn, reportedly well before her legal age.
Farrow’s approach sharpens his grasp on the Harvey Weinstein saga and was undoubtedly a driving force behind his relentless search for truth.
Directors think series ‘pulls back the veil’ over investigative reporting
Farrow has already written a critically acclaimed book on the subject and with the upcoming Fallout and an accompanying podcast to boot, the directors felt the series could still bring something new to the table.
“When you see people interviewing Ronan, and can put a face in front of the voice, it creates another dimension,” Bailey told Salon. “We were so honored to be able to present and showcase the victims of Harvey Weinstein over many years.”
Bailey also said that the series was an opportunity to show what goes into such a grueling endeavor.
“It pulls back the curtain and shows you that it’s really, really hard to hold someone accountable, and investigative reporting is a tough, tedious, even dangerous job at times,” he said.
As for Harvey Weinstein, Bailey noted that the visit had clarified the degree to which Weinstein destroyed life. “He is just a villain of the most extraordinary degree, and has no mercy, and I hope no legal recourse will be found to avoid the consequences of his action, the life he has lost,” Bailey said. “It completely erodes their cultural contribution.”
Farrow concurrently appears in Allen vs. Farrow.
Farrow also appears on HBO allen vs farrow, a documentary focused on Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse case against his father, Woody Allen – and the war he waged against Dylan’s mother, Mia.
Undoubtedly all of this plays into Farrow contributing to a broader perspective – one that generates both sympathy for the abuse of women and apt contempt for the organized bullying tactics used to silence them. .
“Ronan is formidable,” Bailey said. “He doesn’t do half-hearted work. He doesn’t do anything at arm’s length away.”
And perhaps that’s why Farrow’s work has been so devastatingly effective.
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