For anyone seeking a theory for her alleged collusion with the foul crimes of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein’s Shadow packaged this one persuasively.
Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell marks Peacock’s first “real documentary”. I put real in brackets because there’s little here you couldn’t have discovered from a conscientious trawl of the internet.
The three episodes limited series investigates the powerful, connected, and mysterious Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell was once the heiress to the Maxwell fortune. Suddenly, or not, her life takes a sordid downturn when she meets Jeffrey Epstein, the serial sex offender.
To be honest, what I struggled with the most was the way everybody kept going on about how stylish and charismatic she had been, and how everyone was in her thrall. Are we sure? Her father died in weird circumstances very similar to her alleged “boyfriend”. Not to be skeptical, but after watching this documentary, I truly think that Maxwell is a mentally ill individual who’s even more dangerous than Epstein himself. She’s clearly an opportunist who won’t stop at anything to get what she wants. At the same time, she’s clearly easily influenced into doing the bidding on behalf of powerful men.
It is not easy viewing, and you might well be repulsed by the allegations against both Epstein and Maxwell. What is sickeningly clear throughout is that this is, as one of the film’s contributors puts it, “a story about how money works” — about the distorting effect of seeing the world through the prism of extreme privilege.
Should you watch it?
This series was very informational, but there is definitely room for improvement. I’m not a fan of speculation and conjecture in documentaries, especially when events are still unfolding.