Premiering in late January, Sundance Film Festival unveiled what has become the highly controversial ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary, exploring child abuse allegations against the late Michael Jackson. Directed by Dan Reed, the presentation sparked protests outside the festival and while the family of the singer have condemned the film, HBO have released the official trailer.
Set in a two-part series, the doco proved to be highly successful as raving reviews begun to appear, with Variety describing it as “devastatingly powerful and convincing testimony that Michael Jackson was guilty of child sexual abuse.” Among the general public however, the world is divided between those who believe in the allegations and fierce loyalists of the pop star.
“Leaving Neverland is a two-part documentary exploring the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age ten, and Wade Robson, at age seven, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson,” the official synopsis reads. “Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 40, and Robson, now 36, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of his own. Directed by Dan Reed.”
Despite its ongoing controversy, Leaving Neverland is slated to air on HBO, on March 3 and 4. Watch the trailer below.