Leaving Neverland trailer: The Sundance documentary looking at Michael Jackson’s alleged child abuse
For those of you who were paying attention to events at this year’s Sundance, you would of noticed the minor fuss caused by a documentary called Leaving Neverland. Running for four hours, Dan Reed’s film focuses on the stories of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who in the 90s said Michael Jackson did not interfere with them, but now openly state (in gruesome detail) the singer abused them for years as kids.
A number of critics came out of the Sundance screening shell shocked, with many of them firmly believing what they had heard. Battle lines have already been drawn between the media and the Jackson family and MJ’s army of loyal fans, but shit is really going to hit the fan once the doc airs on TV in the US and the UK. Check out the trailer for Leaving Neverland above.
This is a two-part documentary exploring the separate, but parallel, experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age ten, 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.
Leaving Neverland airs on Channel 4 in the UK on March 6th and 7th.