HBO recently released the trailer of 'Leaving Neverland' which is a documentary based on the alleged child abuse victims speaking against Michael Jackson.
Sometimes things are not always the same as we see it and the truth is stranger than fiction. We think we know our heroes really well but what we don't know about them is what they are actually like behind the doors.
Everyone knows that Micheal Jackson was a legend because of his unreal talent. The pop icon has a huge fan following that sees him as their greatest idol, but there's more to it than what meets the eye. According to The Guardian, HBO recently released the trailer of 'Leaving Neverland' which is a documentary based on the dark side of Michael Jackson.
The trailer shows the first look of the two-part four-hour film that features testimonies of James 'Jimmy' Safechuck and Wade Robson, who claim to be sexually abused by the musician when they were kids. The two had met the superstar when they were just 10 and 7 years old respectively.
“He told me if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail,” Robson says in the trailer.
The official synopsis of the film reads, " Leaving Neverland is a two-part documentary exploring the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age seven, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 37, and Robson, now 41, as well as their mothers, wives, and siblings."
"The film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of his own," it concludes.
The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and shocked the critics and audience. The documentary is directed and produced by the Emmy nominated British filmmaker Dan Reed, who spoke about the film to Variety. "This is not a movie about Michael Jackson,” said the director.
“This is not a movie about Michael Jackson abusing little boys. It’s a movie about two families and how two families came to terms with what their sons revealed to them many years after Jackson died,” he added.
The director has been criticized by the Jackson estate and attacked by the fans for the content of the film. In the interview, he also mentioned Jordan Chandler and Gavin Arvizo who had accused Micheal of sexual abuse.
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“If Jordan Chandler were to come forth, and if I could sit down with him speak to him the way I did to Wade [Robson] and James [Safechuck], that would I think, be the core of a very interesting film about that story, and the same goes for Gavin,” said Reed.
The director even revealed that he was trying to find Chandler for the film but he wanted to stay hidden. “I would, of course, use the interviews I’ve already shot with investigators from those investigations — the D.A.s and all the people that were part of that wider drama,” he said.
“That would have been a very different type of film. It wouldn’t be this sort of claustrophobic — you wouldn’t be locked in a room with the Safechucks and the Robsons. I’d tell the story from Jordan and Gavin’s point of view, partly, but also through the eyes of all the other participants.” he added.
The director had faced a lot of backlash from fans and the Jackson family for the content of the film and the allegations against the pop icon. The director spoke about the defending fans to Vice.
"There is also this league of fans who are almost like a cult, and they say very nasty things [about the film] on social media and their words echo the two-decade-long rhetoric of the Jackson family and legal team, which is shaming the victims. It happens often in these cases," said Reed.
"It’s what they do very aggressively and relentlessly, and I don’t think you can get away with that in 2019 like you could in the past.”
The film reveals the sexual abuse that the superstar is accused of and in such detail that will make anyone feel disgusted.
"I never met Michael Jackson, I never interviewed him, I don’t know what it was in his history or his psychological makeup that led him to molest little boys, and I don’t want to speculate on that. I don’t think that having a tragic childhood determines your behavior later in life. Not everyone who has a bad childhood or was sexually abused becomes a sex abuser," he said.
He further talked about what fascinated him about the story and encouraged him to focus the film on it. "What I was fascinated about with this story is the picture [Robson and Safechuck] draw of the grooming sexual predator. And because that story involves Michael Jackson it will have an incredible reach. And that will bring to light some really important facts about how child sexual abuse does happen. It’s not how people imagine," he said.
Leaving Neverland will be shown on Channel 4 at 9 pm on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March.