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Abuse allegations, action, a stereotypical schmaltz fest and a bit of moxie

It’s all on a couch near you this weekend

Tymon Smith

Allen v Farrow — Showmax

Directors Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick throw objectivity to the wind and take a firm stand in this four-part docuseries about the 1992 allegations of sexual abuse made against Woody Allen by his seven-year-old daughter, Dylan. This is very much the Mia Farrow case against Allen, told through home videos made by her and featuring extensive interviews with Farrow, her daughter Dylan, Allen’s only biological son Ronan, and a host of commentators and players in the scandal and court battles that rocked New York tabloids and intellectuals almost two decades ago.

There is certainly a case to be made that Allen is not the charming, bookish nebbish his films and public interviews have made him out to be — some of his interactions with Farrow revealed here in taped phone recordings are coldly self-centred and footage filmed by Farrow of Dylan recounting what she says he did to her are deeply troubling and difficult to watch. Ultimately, though, the directors, by so pointedly deciding to take one side, don’t manage to cut through the hysteria, anger and bitterness, as much as reawaken these to not necessarily useful effect. All four episodes are available on Showmax...

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