As Harvey Weinstein is extradited to Los Angeles for trial, the details revealed during the course of Ronan Farrow’s limited series documentary Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes becomes even more glaring, shocking and timely as we learn how powerful, famous men in Hollywood abuse their power. An event that breaks the ‘casting couch’ ideology wide open resulting in the #MeToo movement. A movement that would change the way men and women navigate within the entertainment industry and beyond.
It’s particularly triggering, as it immediately recalls moments for me as a survivor of this type of abuse. I wholeheartedly empathize with the reality of keeping quiet for fear of professional and personal assassination of character and retaliation from the abuser. These type of men have no conscience and seem to not understand their actions are harmful, unwarranted and immensely degrading. They don’t understand, nor do they care about the mental and emotional damage inflicted which never disappears for the survivors.
Everyone at some point or time has wondered, after years of shenanigans, what was the series of events that made the house of Weinstein and Miramax come tumbling down. Ronan Farrow, with Catch and Kill, further solidifies his journalistic chops, revealing savvy method of gathering evidence without implicating some of the women, who have suffered enough, by going against the status quo of network television to grab facts while pulling the puzzle together. It’s the ultimate gift for women who have been blacklisted, belittled and disregarded for making a definitive choice resulting in one of the most powerful men in Hollywood being put on blast, out of business and behind bars.
The whole thing feels like a film noir doc where your stomach stays in knots and one’s insatiable curiosity is continuously kept on the line from one episode to the next. This thing goes so deep that at some point private investigators, professional digital scrubbing services, high-powered legal firms and journalists being hunted like prey. All in the name of preventing the truth from being revealed, but at the end of the day – what is done in the dark eventually comes to light.
Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes is now streaming on HBO and will educate, frighten and enlighten audiences on just how far some will go to conceal the truth, destroy the integrity of journalists and how survivors move forward within the shadows of the past lurking around each and every corner.