Alanis Morissette has torn into the documentary about her landmark Jagged Little Pill album that’s set to premiere tonight at Toronto International Film Festival.
On a short break in her tour with Garbage, Canadian-born Morissette shed more light on her absence from this afternoon’s Roy Thomson Hall debut of the Alison Klayman directed feature. Sent to Deadline after my colleague Matt Carey’s interview on Monday with an oblique Klayman out of the Canadian festival, Morrissette now accuses HBO documentary Jagged of having a “salacious agenda” and “includes implications and facts that are simply not true.”
Read Morissette’s full statement here:
“i agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of jagged little pill’s 25th anniversary, and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown). i was lulled into a false sense of security and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing the first cut of the film. this is when i knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged. this was not the story i agreed to tell. i sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted. i have chosen not to attend any event around this movie for two reasons: one is that i am on tour right now. the other is that, not unlike many “stories” and unauthorized biographies out there over the years, this one includes implications and facts that are simply not true. while there is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this/my story to be sure— i ultimately won’t be supporting someone else’s reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.”
HBO did not respond to request for comment from Deadline on Morissette’s remarks.
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Among aspects of the documentary, Morissette claims on-camera that she was raped by five different men when she was a 15-year as the Washington Post first reported last week. Known for her blunt lyrics as an adult, Morissette was a TV and pop star in the Great White North in her teens.
For the record, the age of consent in Canada was 14 when now 47-year old Morissette was a teen. It is now 16.
However, the Canadian law clearly states that the consent age can be higher “when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency.” Circumstances that Morissette very strongly implies were a part of her early industry experiences.
Off the road since September 12, Morissette’s 25th anniversary tour of the initial release of the multi-platinum Jagged Little Pill is set to resume in Cincinnati, Ohio tomorrow with Garbage and Cat Powers. Both cities are a matter of less than a couple of hours from Toronto, if Morissette had decided to attend the gala Jagged screening.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs until September 18.
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