HBO has been hard at work re-establishing its documentary cred. The premium cable channel was able to build a reputation over the past decade by bringing various independent documentaries to the public. Their status had been challenged over the past few years with the rise of Netflix. However, HBO is betting big on one of it’s 2019 titles with “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” could make noise next year.
HBO announced its acquisition of “At the Heart of Gold” via press release. Erin Lee Carr, who drew attention for her work on “Mommy Dead and Dearest” last year, will direct. “At the Heart of Gold” is based on research from producers David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider. The USA gymnastics scandal drew international attention as more information became public in 2017. The scandal grabbed attention around the same time as the “Me Too” movement started. However, the case had been building for years.
HBO released a synopsis of the film in their press release.
Featuring exclusive interviews with survivors and offering insights going beyond the headlines, “At the Heart of Gold” shines a light on the shocking stories of gymnast survivors who made courageous efforts to reveal a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything. The film examines how abusers such as Dr. Larry Nassar, the osteopathic physician for the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, could go unchecked for so many years.