Five Things to Know About ‘Allen v. Farrow’ Documentary Series

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The first episode of Allen v. Farrow, a highly anticipated docuseries by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick is out now. The series, premiers on HBO, this Sunday night and focuses on the details of actor Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen’s split and her daughter Dylan Farrow’s accusations of sexual abuse against the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Woody and his current wife Soon-Yi  Previn said in a statement that the documentarians, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick had no interest in the truth. “Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods,” the couple added.

Here are five things to know about the controversial docu-series Allen v. Farrow

1. In the first episode, the mother and daughter open up about the allegations of incest that Dylan levelled against disgraced filmmaker Woody Allen, in 1992. “I haven’t spoken publicly about him for decades. But that’s the great regret of my life, that I wasn’t perceptive enough. It’s my fault. I brought this guy into our family. There’s nothing I can do to take that away.” Mia Farrow claimed about Allen’s inappropriate and “intense affection” towards her young daughter Dylan.

2. Dylan Farrow is the adopted daughter of actor Mia Farrow. She was co-adopted by Woody Allen in 1991. The Hush author Dylan accused Mia’s then-partner Allen of sexual abuse claiming that he molested her when she was seven years old.

3. In 1992, Mia and Allen parted after 12 years of relationship. Allen, now 85, has long denied the allegations, which were first reported during his controversial split from Mia Farrow in 1992. The director was not charged, though a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case. Dylan’s journalist brother Ronan Farrow, Woody’s biological son with Mia Farrow, wrote his own essay supporting his sister in 2016.

4. Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s four-part documentary Allen v. Farrow was filmed in secret over three years. The film, for the first time, records testimonies of Dylan, along with her mother, describing what happened to her just days after she said Allen Woody molested her.

5. It also reflects on the development in a case that has been talked about for nearly 30 years. It made headlines in 2014 when Allen Woody received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes and Dylan wrote an open letter, posted by the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, recounting her story in detail in response. She then wrote another essay in 2017, for the Los Angeles Times, to again make her voice heard in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Feature Image Credit: New York Post