The two-part HBO documentary Phoenix Rising made it's premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival and instantly commanded headlines.
Directed by Amy Berg (The Case Against Adnan Syed), the film frames the serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse endured by actress Evan Rachel Wood at the hands of since disgraced rock icon Marilyn Manson.
Among the most egregious of the instances depicted in the film, Wood recounts a harrowing scene during the filming of Manson's 2007 music video for "Heart-Shaped Glasses". She goes onto detail a violent encounter in which she was "essentially raped on camera".
“We’re doing things that were not what was pitched to me,” Wood explained. “We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that. I’m a professional actress, I’ve been doing this my whole life; I’ve never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day.”
The film also goes onto the document Wood's continued efforts for victim advocacy and legal reform. A significant portion of the film frames Wood's 2019 testimony in front of the California Senate Public Safety Committee. Wood would ultimately help pass the Phoenix Act, which extends the California statute of limitations from three to five years, giving victims of domestic violence more time to press charges against their perpetrators.
In the fallout stemming from Wood's initial allegations, several women have since come forward with alleging similar experiences with Warner. Since then Manson has been dropped by his management, his agent, and his record label.
Phoenix Rising Part One Don't Fall" and Part Two "Stand Up," will begin streaming on March 15th and 16th on HBO. Watch the trailer below.