published : 2023-09-06

Woody Allen Dismisses Cancel Culture, Maintains Innocence in Interview at Venice Film Festival

Director Considers Retirement after Premiering 50th Film

A candid shot of Woody Allen at the Venice Film Festival, taken with a Nikon D850.

Renowned filmmaker Woody Allen has recently spoken out against cancel culture, calling it 'silly' in an interview at the Venice Film Festival.

During the interview, Allen addressed the accusations of sexual abuse made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, and expressed his belief that there is 'no merit' to these claims.

Referring to the docuseries 'Allen v. Farrow,' which detailed allegations against him, Allen stated that the situation had been thoroughly investigated by two major bodies, both of which concluded that the charges were without merit.

The director emphasized that he has not seen Dylan or her brother, journalist Ronan Farrow, in recent years but expressed his willingness to meet with them.

A close-up photo of Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen's adopted daughter, taken with a Canon EOS R.

When discussing his experience of being 'canceled,' Allen remarked that he found it all 'silly' and that he didn't understand the concept of being canceled.

He emphasized that his routine remains unchanged, focusing on writing scripts, raising funds, making films, and going through the usual production process.

While he acknowledged the importance of movements like #MeToo, Allen highlighted instances where he believed the movement had become 'silly' or extreme, straying from its original objectives.

The director clarified that he has never faced any complaints or claims of misconduct from actresses or women working with him throughout his prolific career.

An aerial view of the bustling red carpet at the Venice Film Festival, capturing the glamour of the event, taken with a Sony A7 III.

Having completed his 50th film, 'Coup de Chance,' Allen expressed contemplation about retirement, citing the challenges of raising funds in the current distribution landscape.

With his remarks igniting conversations about cancel culture, Allen's interview provides insight into his perspective on the allegations and his thoughts on the cultural phenomenon.