Hot Docs Adds Barry Avrich Doc ‘The Reckoning’

The Reckoning
Courtesy Hot Docs

By Pat Mullen

Hollywood’s biggest headline gets the documentary treatment in the latest addition to the Hot Docs line-up. The festival announced today that Barry Avrich’s The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret would join the list of Special Presentations selections at this year’s festival. The doc chronicles the downfall of Hollywood mogul/sexual predator Harvey Weinstein following the Pulitzer prize winning reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker about his history of sexual assault and harassment that directly sandbagged the careers of numerous actresses. Weinstein’s fall precipitated a watershed discussion on systemic misogyny and harassment in the workplace.

Avrich’s film marks a return to the mogul following the 2010 doc Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project about Weinstein’s toxic business practices. The Reckoning follows up by laying out the information Avrich—and many who did business with Weinstein—didn’t know was going on behind the scenes. The film extends its look at Weinstein’s crimes to the actions by other Hollywood figures swept up in “The Reckoning” and gives voice to many women as the industry makes sense of this time of change.

The Reckoning will screen on at Hot Docs on Saturday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, featuring an extended post-screening Q&A with special guest subjects, and on Saturday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m. at the TIFF Lightbox. Avrich previously appeared at Hot Docs with Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World and Quality Balls_ among others. This year’s festival shows the impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements inspired by the response to women speaking up to systemic abuse with the inclusion of the all-female programme The Silence Breakers.

Hot Docs also announced today a title change for the previously announced selection How Do You Feel About Dying. The doc by Cameron Mullenneaux will now play as Exit Music. Its showtimes on April 27 and 29 and May 5 remain unchanged.

Hot Docs runs April 26 to May 6.