Published On: Mon, May 4th, 2015

Amy Berg’s Doc On Sexual Predators Gets Release Date

“An Open Secret” had trouble finding a distributor due to its dark subject matter.

"An Open Secret" Screening - 2014 Doc NYC

Amy Berg’s new documentary about sexual predators titled “An Open Secret” will be released in 20 cities on June 5th, Variety has reported. The movie will also be screened at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

The movie was having trouble finding a distributor due to its dark subject matter. It is about the sexual abuse of children, which, while a heavy subject, is one that needs to be dealt with in society today.

“I am pleased that ‘An Open Secret’ will finally have an opportunity to screen for a larger audience, ” Berg said. “It’s an important film about an extremely important issue.”

The critics have not been kind to the movie. Ronnie Scheib said in Variety, “Though clearly championing the cause of the ex-child thesps who candidly recount their ordeals, Berg’s crusade advances on eggshells, dodging the potential lawsuits looming at every name named.”

The Hollywood Reporter pointed to the fact that it avoids making any hard hitting direct accusations, much to the film’s detriment. “This praiseworthy caution will likely keep the doc from attracting as much attention as many seem to expect (despite a surprise or two involving non-celebrities late in the film), ” THR said. “It will play best on cable, where with any luck it will encourage other victims to speak up, and enlighten the parents of showbiz aspirants about the industry’s dangers.”

The prolific Berg has another four films due out through the end on 2015.

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