A documentary movie about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein being produced by the director who is set to attend a conference on sexual harassment is due to screen Oct. 23 at the United Nations.
British director Louis Theroux’s documentary on sexual harassment, Hacksaw Ridge, will be the first film by him to screen in the American region. The festival is an annual gathering of prominent international public figures such as Bill Clinton, Louis Farrakhan, Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie.
Juror Danielle Billford, Weinstein accuser Gretchen Carlson and Young Girl Gone Viral from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and the Women’s March also are expected to speak at the panel. They will be joined by Mr. Theroux, Public Policy Officer for the United Nations Mission to the U.N. Maicki May, from Gambia; and Embassy of Singapore, Alison Wong.
Mr. Theroux, best known for documentaries such as Taxi to the Dark Side and Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll, has spoken out against harassment and men’s attitudes towards women.
In a recent New York Times article on the film, Mr. Theroux said: “Like most of the world, I was horrified by the story. But I also think that the reaction to it was selective. Much of the narrative is distorted and biased. As a documentary maker and as a woman, I just wanted to document what I know already to be true: harassment is endemic in our culture. I wanted to do justice to that.”
The screenplay for Hacksaw Ridge is by Pete Middleton and Andrew Knight. Mr. Middleton was executive producer of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Aliens. Andrew Knight is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, who has written for countless TV shows, including The Wire, The Office and The Borgias.
The trailer for the documentary is below: