For those that don’t know, the two-parter follows two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that the iconic singer abused them when they were young boys at his Neverland ranch in California almost three decades ago.
Parts 1 and 2 aired in the US on Sunday and Monday night, with a number of high-profile celebrities tweeting about how harrowing – yet unmissable – the documentary is.
And now, it’s been announced that Leaving Neverland will air on Channel 4 on Wednesday, March 6th and Thursday, March 7th at 9pm.
Get it in your diaries.
When the film first aired at Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the response was pretty shocking. Reporter Adam B Vary said that it was a “thorough, devastating, deeply credible piece of filmmaking.” A film critic for US weekly said that the film left them “shaking”, and that both Robson and Safechuck received standing ovations at the film’s premiere.
Furthermore, British director Dan Reed has defended Leaving Neverland and said it will demonstrate that the singer was very different from his “Peter Pan-ish image”.
Filmmaker Reed added in a statement:
“If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to.
“It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories and I have no question about their validity.
I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”
However, Michael Jackson’s estate have rigorously denied any wrongdoing by the star. The family released a statement soon after its premiere saying:
“Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family – that is the Jackson way.”
“But we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on…Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.”
The documentary has proven to be extremely divisive among people on Twitter, leaving some fans devastated. Others, however, have praised Wade and Safechuck for their bravery in coming forward.
It’s going to be an unmissable and absolutely fascinating watch.
If you haven’t already, check out the trailer below.
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