Hollywood icons Woody Allen and Mia Farrow had a 13-year relationship that ended in flames in 1992 in front of the nation’s eyes.
At the centre of the breakup were allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused Dylan Farrow, the daughter he had adopted with Mia Farrow. The case and the resulting fallout still resonate nearly 30 years later. The scandal has been resurrected this year with the release of the HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow.
Joining us to discuss the social and cultural consequences of this story, the film and the reaction are the Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
“Dylan Farrow stood strong, and provided an example to Hollywood, to the country, and maybe in some ways to the rest of the world, about the courage of coming forward and standing by your truth.” – Kirby Dick
00:10 – Allen v. Farrow trailer and who our guests are.
03:05 – What the reactions to the docuseries were upon the release.
04:11 – The synopsis of Allen v. Farrow.
06:44 – Why this film has been made now.
09:53 – The investigation and why some people refuse to watch Allen v. Farrow.
13:00 – How Amy and Kirby got involved with this story and its connection to #MeToo.
15:50 – How the co-directors and investigators approached the story.
21:00 – How Woody Allen’s version of events came to dominate the narrative for many years.
23:00 – How the Farrows reacted to the filmmakers, and why they were reluctant to participate.
27:00 – The long lasting effects of sexual assaults and sexual harassment.
29:30 – What was most surprising about the original case and the filmmakers’ own investigation.
36:00 – How Amy and Kirby got access to Dylan Farrow’s home video footage.
41:10 – What are the social and cultural consequences of this story.
44:39 – The structure of the Allen v. Farrow docuseries.
50:38 – How Amy and Kirby started making investigative films about difficult subjects.
54:50 – The key to creative partnership in filmmaking.
56:50 – What is next for Amy and Kirby.
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