Tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams are reportedly angry about a documentary profiling their lives which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
According to Indiewire, the Williams sisters initially authorized the making of the film, titled Venus and Serena, and they also took part in its 20-month production. However, they are dissatisfied with the outcome and refused to attend the film’s premiere.
The sisters apparently have an issue with the film’s depiction of their father, Richard Williams. The film reportedly paints him in a less-than-flattering light. The athletes requested that changes be made to their father’s negative portrayal, but they ultimately were not satisfied with the filmmakers’ modifications and chose not to support the film.
The documentary, which was directed by former ABC News employees Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, has received positive reviews and is seeking distribution. The filmmakers sought permission from the Williams sisters for four years before finally getting the okay to start production. They eventually filmed 450 hours of footage with the sisters and their friends and family.
Baird defends the film: “We think this is an important story, and we can only hope Venus and Serena come to see it that way too.”