‘Allen v. Farrow’ Filmmakers on How Mia Farrow Agreed to Cooperate and Tackling Incest Taboos

And in the course of her interview, we were listening to her and going, ‘Wait…I thought I knew her story. She and Dick were interviewing people who had spoken up following the #MeToo movement, which is how they met Dylan Farrow: “Dylan was just one interview that we were doing that day; we had five a day. That's not exactly what I remember – or how it was portrayed in the media or public.” “I always like to say, our films find us, we don’t find them,” Ziering tells Variety’s Award Circuit podcast.
So you can be subject to libel.” “It's unlike any other assault crime where you could say, ‘I was assaulted in college, I was assaulted in the military.’ No one would connect the dots and know who your alleged perpetrator is. Ziering added that there is a legal aspect as well. If you said, ‘I was assaulted by a family member,' it's a very finite circle.
And from the start, Dylan said her mother would never agree to an interview. Prior to this series, Farrow had never spoken on camera about the case. One of the big misconceptions about the case is that Mia Farrow took the allegations public in 1992 and talked about it in the press. In reality, it was Allen who held press conferences to state his innocence and a doctor who first alerted the authorities after examining Dylan.
And then it's very complicated to come forward. “And this friend sitting next to me, who had lived in the same dorm was like, ‘Wait, you guys didn't all sleep with your brother?’ And we all were like, ‘Oh, my God.’ And that, for me was so instructive,” said Ziering. Ziering revealed a personal story from attending college in the early 1980s and talking to a group one night in the dorms where they all shared their first sexual experiences. All the family dynamics are really disrupted.” “A lot of times, survivors only figure it out until much later.
But in many ways, incest remains a taboo topic. And hopefully, this, this, you know, this series will help to propel that.” Asked why it’s so difficult to discuss, Dick says, “Well, I think for one thing, it is so profoundly painful, there is such a profound betrayal there that it often takes someone who's a survivor decades to work through it. But given the numbers of people that are survivors, I think we're still waiting for that. Dylan said, ‘There really hasn't been a #MeToo movement yet for incest.’ I mean, people have come out over the last several years, very courageous people.
But it’s also about this bigger issue, too, of incest. “And once we started getting more and more information, we realized that there was so much more here to tell. And we realized that it really deserved its own series at that point. So it was both this very intense, private family story that we wanted to tell. It's a family story, I mean, it's about a family who lived through and through this in the glare of the media, right? “What was really interesting about this story is everybody thought they knew the story,” Dick says. Because, you know, Dylan isn’t the only person that’s experienced this – many, many millions of people have. But we also wanted to open it up and give it from this much broader perspective as well.”
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Most recently, HBO released their 2020 film “On the Record,” which centered on the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Records. Tackling such sensitive material has become a specialty of Dick and Ziering, who previous works include their Oscar-nominated films “The Invisible War,” which investigated sexual assault in the military and “The Hunting Ground,” which examined sexual assault on college campuses.
Farrow,’ that this series will help others feel safe, at least or feel seen or heard for the first time.” Ultimately, says Ziering, “It isn't something that we really have reckoned with yet in our culture, and we hope, given the response to ‘Allen V.
I think they're really doing their homework. Would you do it for me?’” reveals Ziering. While Herdy pursued Mia Farrow for some time, she always got a no. I think they're not just accepting common wisdom as truth. “Because Dylan had asked her, she says, ‘You're my daughter, and I stood by you, and I will do it.’” “Finally, Dylan called her and said, ‘Mom, you know, I think these people are different.
Farrow” directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering never set out to make a movie about the allegations of sexual assault made by Dylan Farrow against her father Woody Allen. And nobody – even Dylan – expected her mother Mia Farrow to ever cooperate. “Allen v.
Following that interview, their producer Amy Herdy said she wanted to investigate further. Through interviews with experts, people involved with the case and mountains of court documents and research, the filmmakers began to piece together a story that surprised them – and audiences, when it premiered on HBO in February. “We all spoke and Amy was like, ‘I want to dive in; there's more to this story than anyone ever knew or suspected.’” And that was the genesis of how “Allen v. Farrow” began.

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