Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me

Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Michael Jackson projected an image of himself as a Peter Pan character who loved to surround himself with children and bask in their innocence. But in a disturbing and damning new film, director Dan Reed aims to debunk this myth and expose the superstar as a “master manipulator” and child sexual abuser.

The documentary features the extremely graphic accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who allege they were groomed and sexually abused by Jackson from the ages of seven and ten, respectively, with much of the abuse happening at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California. It’s a shocking watch, which has been denounced by the Michael Jackson Estate, yet could finally topple the singer’s previously unstoppable legacy. It airs in two 90-minute episodes tonight and tomorrow.

Summary

First of a two-part documentary exploring accounts of the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James 'Jimmy' Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age seven, who were both befriended by Michael Jackson. They and their families were invited into his singular and wondrous world, entranced by the singer's fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak. Through interviews with Safechuck and Robson, now in their 30s and 40s, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, director Dan Reed's film presents a portrait of sustained abuse, and explores the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences.

Cast & Crew

Director Dan Reed
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