Barry Avrich’s new Weinstein doc to bow at Hot Docs

The Reckoning: Hollywood's Worst Kept Secret is the Canadian filmmaker's follow-up to his 2010 doc about the now-disgraced Hollywood producer.

Barry AvrichBarry Avrich’s documentary The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret will make its world premiere in the Special Presentations program at this year’s Hot Docs.

Produced by Melissa Hood, Avrich’s film is a follow-up of sorts to his 2010 doc Unauthorised: The Harvey Weinstein Project, which examined the career and notorious temperament of the Hollywood producer. After numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein came to light last year, it was widely reported that Avrich intended to make a new Weinstein doc.

Featuring interviews from alleged victims and whistleblowers, The Reckoning begins as Weinstein heads to rehab and details the aftermath of the allegations that rocked the film and TV industry last October. According to a press release, the film explores systemic abuse in the film industry, and tackles scandals involving Woody Allen, Louis C.K. and James Toback, in addition to featuring interviews with alleged victims and whistleblowers.

Hood, Avrich and Patrice Theroux are all exec producers on the project.

The doc will premiere at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on April 28 at 1 p.m. with a Q&A post-screening.

Other docs selected to screen in the festival’s Special Presentations category include The Game Changers (produced by Joseph Pace and James Wilks and directed by Louie Psihoyos), Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s McQueen and Steve Loveridge’s doc on the evolution of rapper/singer-songwriter M.I.A in Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.