M-Net will be screening the hard-hitting documentary on Michael Jackson, Leaving Neverland, which exposes child abuse allegations.
After its controversial premiere in the US at the recent Sundance Film Festival, Leaving Neverland will be screened across two days on M-Net 101 – part one will be on M-Net 101 on Saturday 30 March 2019 at 9.40pm, while part 2 will follow on Sunday 31 March 2019 at 9.40pm.
Breaking the Silence
Directed and produced by five-time BAFTA-winner Dan Reed, the four-hour long Leaving Neverland unpacks the story of two individuals: James Safechuck and Wade Robson, now-adult men in their 30s, who befriended Jackson at the ages of ten and seven respectively. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck and Robson, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, and explores the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of their own. The allegations are both sobering and sickening, and despite previous charges of abuse against Jackson, still come as a shock. Playing out against the backdrop of our collective experience, the film documents the value of breaking silence, even when it implicates a powerful and revered figure.
M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard says: “Please note, that Leaving Neverland is not suitable for younger viewers as it contains strong language, discussions of self-harm and graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse.”
Press reaction to the Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland documentary has been overwhelmingly positive:
“Hard to watch, tougher to ignore, impossible to forget … a portrait of bravery.” – Rolling Stone
“Overwhelmingly powerful and convincing.” – Variety
“Among Leaving Neverland’s remarkable achievements is Reed’s empathetic skill at providing the proper context.” – Screen Daily
What: Leaving Neverland Michael Jackson
When: M-Net, DStv Channel 101. Part one: Saturday 30 March 2019 at 9.40pm. Part 2: Sunday 31 March 2019 at 9.40pm.