Canvas has the broadcasting rights acquired from the controversial new documentary film ‘Leaving Neverland’ about supposed child abuse by the late pop star Michael Jackson. In the film witness two men, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, extensive about the way in which they as a child by the King of Pop to be spoiled, seduced, and sexually abused. The four-hour long documentary, last week at the Sundance film festival in world premiere was, in the course of the month of march, two episodes aired.
‘Leaving Neverland’ is a co-production of HBO and Channel 4. The documentary was made by the British filmmaker Dan Reed, who had previously mainly made movies about crime and terror, and a Bafta-award for his documentary ‘The Paedophile Hunter’. ‘Leaving Neverland’ was on 25 January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and did quite a bit of dust raised. The relatives of Jackson condemned the documentary for the first impression. The premiere was attended by Robson and Safechuck. The two men were given a standing ovation, but also threats from Jackson fans. Other fans felt that their opinion about Jackson had to be revised, maybe not as an artist but as a human being.