An Open Secret

Directed by: Amy Berg
99 minutes
uk-premiere
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Wed 30th Sep 21:20
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 1
Fri 2nd Oct 17:20
2nd Screening

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If you’re familiar with the films of Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated director Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us from Evil), then her credit on this film will be all you need to make you put it in your calendar. If you’re not, then you’re in for a (harrowing, disturbing, shocking) treat. Hollywood has always been an exploitative business – with thousands more hopefuls and wannabes trying to get a job than there are roles, unscrupulous gatekeepers have always been able to take advantage. Usually we picture naïve young actresses and harangued interns in these situations. We don’t picture children. That, unfortunately, is the reality of the situation, as this documentary makes shockingly clear. Frank testimonials, depositions, archive footage and live investigation paint a picture of unchecked exploitation, grooming and molestation that was rampant across the child actor scene, through managers, agents and producers who worked closely with the children and their families. As you may have seen from the news, at least one A-lister is implicated. And the worst part is in the title – this was an open secret. Haunting, enraging and unmissable – this film reveals a darker underbelly to Hollywood than you ever thought possible.
Runtime
99 min
Director(s)
Amy Berg
Writer(s)
Amy Berg
Billy McMillin
Lorien Haynes
Producer(s)
Amy Berg
Katelyn Howes
Gabe Hoffman
DoP(s)
Jenna Rosher
Jenna Rosher
Cast
Evan Henzi
Michael Egan III
Mark Ryan
Screening Status
UK Premiere