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Sundance announces explosive documentaries on Michael Jackson and Steve Bannon

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Charles Bowen | 10 January, 2019, 09:52

"This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson", an estate statement said. "Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later".

A documentary about the lives of two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse has been added to this year's Sundance Film Festival lineup.

"Neverland" refers to the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif., where Jackson lived between 1988 and 2003. The Sundance Institute announced the addition of "Leaving Neverland" and 'The Brink, ' a documentary about Steve Bannon, to its 2019 lineup on Wednesday.

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The film runs at almost four hours long (236 minutes to be exact) and will be screened at the festival in two parts.

Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in a 2005 trial. According to Sundance's website, the synopsis for Leaving Neverland states, "As one of the world's most celebrated icons, Michael Jackson represents many things to many people-a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol". Although the names of the alleged victims have yet to be released, the estate believes the documentary will highlight Wade Robson and James Safechuck. A representative for Reed did not immediately reply to an after-hours email seeking comment.

The filmmaker behind Leaving Neverland is Dan Reed, known for helming previous TV documentaries Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Attacks, The Paedophile Hunter, and The Ground Zero Mosque.

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