Woody Allen has responded if he feels he has been “cancelled” over the child abuse allegations leveled at him.
In recent years, the Oscar-winning director has been embroiled in controversy after Dylan Farrow, his then seven-year-old adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, accused him of molesting her as a child.
Allen has denied the allegations, which Dylan first made in 1992. She shared her adult allegations in an open letter published in 2014 The New York Times‘s website and in a 2016 opinion piece for The Los Angeles Timesand a 2018 interview with CBS.
No charges were brought against Allen.
On Saturday (September 2nd) the Midnight in Paris The director debuted with his 50th film, the romantic thriller coup de chanceat the Venice Film Festival.
speaking in a new interview withdiversity After the premiere, the 87-year-old was asked if he felt “cancelled”.
“I feel like if you get cancelled, it’s the culture that you have to cancel,” Allen told the publication, adding, “I just find it all so silly. I don’t think about it.”
He continued: “I don’t know what it means to be cancelled. I know things have stayed the same for me over the years. I make my films. What has changed is the presentation of the films.
“You know, I work and it’s the same routine for me. I write the script, raise the money, make the film, shoot it, edit it, then it comes out. The difference is not in the abandonment culture. The difference lies in the way they present the films. That’s the big change.”
coup de chance The release in France is scheduled for September 27th, however, a US release is not currently planned.
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Allen’s last film was in 2020 Rifkins Festival, which premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The film received a limited release in the US and on streaming services.
In the years between the two films, HBO released the four-part documentary series Allen vs. Farrow about the allegations against Allen.
The goal of the series was to “go behind the years of sensational headlines and uncover the private history” of the allegations against Allen and Dylan. It included “intimate home video footage, court documents, police evidence, revealing videotapes and never-before-heard tapes” as well as interviews with Mia, Dylan and her brother Ronan Farrow.
The show also addressed the subsequent custody case, as well as Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and musician André Previn.
Allen condemned the HBO documentary, calling it a “shoddy hit” and a “hacked work full of untruths.”
If you are a child and need help because something has happened to you, you can call the NSPCC toll free on 0800 1111. If you are an adult and concerned about a child, you can also call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) offers adult support on 0808 801 0331.