Harvey Weinstein’s accusers tell stories of abuse in first ‘Untouchable’ trailer

Sam Ashurst
Contributor
Film producer Harvey Weinstein departs following a hearing in New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., July 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The first trailer for Untouchable, Hulu’s documentary covering the accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, has landed.

“Things got uncomfortable very fast,” Boardwalk Empire actress Paz De La Hurta says at one point in the documentary, which looks set to be a tough, but very important, watch.

From the producers of Man On Wire, and director Ursula Macfarlane, Untouchable gives the women who first revealed Harvey Weinstien’s alleged crimes a forum to tell their stories. And it sounds like it’s an opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

“When I tried to tell people, they said ‘You’d better keep your mouth shut,” Rosanna Arquette says at one point in the trailer.

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The film looks set to provide a comprehensive history of Weinstein’s actions, covering his past, present and future, while including the Me Too movement, which was inspired by the case.

“There are a lot of people in the industry who probably feel they have a lot to lose, so that’s why I do want to say I’m very grateful for the industry people who did take part in the film,” director Macfarlane says.

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Director Ursula Macfarlane speaks onstage during the "Untouchable" Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on January 25, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

“I think that was a real act of courage - a different act of courage to the women, but nevertheless, they possibly have a lot to lose, and they were very candid about they’re own failings to step up.”

“But I think there are layers of complicity, and I do believe that most people didn’t know the extent of it - but I think some people did.”

“The industry should be looking at itself very long and hard,” she said.

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Untouchable includes contributions from Hope Exiner D'Amore, Caitlin Dulany, Louise Godbold, Nannette Klatt, and Erika Rosenbaum, as well as fresh interviews with Ronan Farrow, the New York Times journalist who first broke the story.

No sign of Rose McGowan or Asia Argento in the trailer, which is unusual considering how instrumental they were in the early days of the accusations, but hopefully their voices will be heard too.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The inside story of the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein reveals how, over decades, he acquires and protects his power even as scandal threatens to engulf him. Former colleagues and accusers detail the method and consequences of his alleged abuse, hoping for justice and to inspire change.

Untouchable will be available on Hulu from 2 September.