M-Net will be screening the hard-hitting documentary on Michael Jackson, Leaving Neverland, which exposes child abuse allegations.
Just over a week 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 Friday 15 March 2019 at 9pm, while part 2 will follow on Saturday 16 March at 9pm.
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 on Friday 15 March 2019 at 9pm, and part two on Saturday 16 March 2019 at 9pm