New documentary series to explore Woody Allen's sexual abuse allegations made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow

Monday, February 8
Ciarán Mather

An upcoming four-part HBO documentary is set to explore the persistent and controversial allegations that have plagued comedy actor and director Woody Allen since the 1990s.

Allen v. Farrow will tell the story of Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her allegations that the 85-year-old groomed and repeatedly sexually abused and raped her when she was a seven-year-old child. 

Mr. Allen has continuously denied all allegations made against him.

HBO shared a short preview for the upcoming series on Twitter, saying: 'a four-part original documentary series from award-winning investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, premieres February 21 on HBO Max.'

Allen v. Farrow will also feature Dylan's mother, Mia, and her brother Ronan, who will give their account on the alleged events and have supported the young woman since the accusations first came to light.

Other guests in the series will include investigators and alleged eyewitnesses.

The documentary will go 'behind decades of sensational headlines to reveal the private story of one of Hollywood's most notorious and public scandals', according to a statement by HBO.

Over the years, Woody Allen has also been criticised for being in a romantic relationship with and subsequently marrying his former partner’s adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who is 35 years his junior.

In 2013, Dylan Farrow published an open letter alleging that her father molested her in an attic and accused Hollywood of turning a 'blind eye' to the abuse.

Then, in 2018, she gave her first interview discussing her allegations against Woody Allen.

Following this, an outpouring of support for the young woman came from famous actors and filmmakers who revealed that they would no longer work with Allen, including Greta Gerwig (director of Ladybird and 2019's Little Women) and actor Colin Firth. 

Meanwhile, actors such as Rebecca Hall and Timothee Chalamet, who play roles in Allen’s latest film A Rainy Day in New York, have revealed that they would donate their salaries to charities.

However, Woody Allen also has his supporters, including Moses Farrow, who is another sibling of Dylan's, and actor Alec Baldwin, who referred to the news of actors denouncing Allen as being 'unfair and sad.'

In the context of Ireland, Sinn Fein leader Mary-Lou McDonald was criticised online last month when she revealed that she is a big fan of Woody Allen films, although she was quick to condemn the allegations made against Mr. Allen.

She added that she was 'not convinced by cancel culture' and described it as being too 'absolutist.' 

Allen v. Farrow will premiere on February 21st.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can call Samaritans Ireland at 116 123 or email, or you can contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre by clicking here.

Help is always at hand and there is always someone available to listen.