British Broadcaster Commissions Doc on Kevin Spacey

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday June 28, 2022

In this June 3, 2019, file photo, actor Kevin Spacey attends a pretrial hearing at district court in Nantucket, Mass.
In this June 3, 2019, file photo, actor Kevin Spacey attends a pretrial hearing at district court in Nantucket, Mass.   (Source:AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

British broadcaster Channel 4 has a two-part documentary on Kevin Spacey in the works that will follow "the unfolding story" of the allegations against him and the court cases in which the actor is embroiled, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The series, which was announced less than two weeks after Spacey appeared at a London court for the first time, is set to follow the outcomes of two court cases against the actor: the civil case to be heard in New York in October 2022 brought by Anthony Rapp, Spacey's first public accuser, and the impending criminal case recently commenced in the U.K brought by three anonymous men," THR detailed.

In the UK, Spacey "is due to attend a second hearing next month with a trial likely to be set for the end of the year or early 2023," Variety detailed.

"Tentatively titled 'Spacey Unmasked,' the docu-series will be made by Roast Beef Productions ('Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer') in association with All3Media," Variety added.

The Variety piece quoted from the doc's logline, which says the two-part series "will take a forensic look at" Spacey, from "his childhood to his emergent success on Broadway and his meteoric rise to stardom, through to his spectacular fall from grace, as he now faces accusations from multiple men of grooming, sexual harassment and abuse."

An executive producer of the series, Dorothy Byrne, called Spacey "one of the most highly honored and admired actors of our age," Variety relayed.

"His brilliance has won him two Oscars and multiple other awards," Byrne said. "Critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic for his film work, he led the Old Vic for 11 years of remarkable success, becoming one of the most important figures in London's cultural life, a friend to some of its leading figures, making regular appearances in society columns."

Byrne went on to say, "These films will follow the unfolding story of the allegations of abuse against him and the resulting court cases."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.