HBO has released a teaser for their forthcoming four-part docuseries, Allen V. Farrow. The new series comes to us from award-winning investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy. The series, which premieres Sunday, February 21st, goes behind decades of the sensational headlines to reveal the private story of one of Hollywood's most notorious and public scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then seven-year old daughter with Mia Farrow.
Allen v. Farrow also goes into the subsequent custody trial, the revelation of Woody Allen's relationship with Mia Farrow's daughter, Soon-Yi and the controversial aftermath in the years that followed. Once celebrated for their on, and off-screen partnership, Farrow and Allen's lives were changed forever and their sprawling family torn apart with the public disclosure of the abuse allegations and the vitriolic disputes that followed. Dylan Farrow has claimed for years that Allen sexually assaulted her when she was 7-years old. Allen has denied the allegations.
Allen v. Farrow has been described as a "gripping series" that "interweaves new investigative work," which is meticulously pieced together via intimate home movie footage, court documents, police evidence, revelatory videotape and never-before-heard audio tapes - with exclusive, in-depth interviews on the subject with Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, Ronan Farrow, family friend Carly Simon, prosecutor Frank Maco, relatives, investigators, experts and other first-hand eyewitnesses - many of them speaking publicly about the events for the first time. The series also includes prominent cultural voices exploring Woody Allen's body of work in a broader context and reflecting on how public revelations about the personal lives of artists can lead to re-evaluations of their work.
The docuseries includes an intimate look at Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's charmed courtship and emergence as one of Hollywood's power couples, making thirteen influential movies together over a decade. Over time, Allen becoming a father figure to Farrow's children as well as their shared children. Yet, threaded throughout all of their professional success and personal achievements there were dark undercurrents at play. Ultimately, Allen v. Farrow examines the shattering effects of trauma on a family and is a haunting depiction of the skepticism and backlash that can result from an accusation.
Woody Allen has seen former collaborators step away and even speak out against him over the past several years. In early 2020, it was announced that Allen was releasing his autobiography through Hachette Publishing. However, weeks before it was due to hit bookshelves, Hachette pulled the book after employees staged a walkout in protest, due to the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Allen. "The decision to cancel Mr. Allen's book was a difficult one," a statement from the publisher read at the time. "At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly." The book was later released through a different publisher. You can check out the teaser for Allen v. Farrow above, thanks to the HBO YouTube channel.