Depp v. Heard: Why did Netflix docu-series director not interview Johnny Depp and Amber Heard? Read to find out

Depp v. Heard docu-series has 3 episodes, and is now streaming on Netflix.

In this day and age of dramatic court trials and social media-fueled debates, filmmaker Emma Cooper claims to have created a thought-provoking docuseries, Depp v. Heard, for Netflix that looks into the complexities of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s trial.

The series, which is currently available on Netflix, takes a novel approach by avoiding standard expert interviews and instead immersing viewers in the trial’s raw footage, YouTube commentary, TikToks, and media coverage.


Cooper navigates the trial’s high-profile nature with this unique method, offering an introspective critique of society’s role in moulding public opinion around such instances.

Cooper’s docuseries is driven by a keen interest in the nexus between public debate, celebrity culture, and the legal system.

The six-week defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, which included explosive allegations of domestic violence from both parties, became a global spectacle.

The series focuses on the strong emotions of viewers all across the world, as well as the polarised “Team Johnny” and “Team Amber” camps.

Cooper acknowledges the balanced level of criticism her project has received, illustrating the magnitude of public interest in the trial’s narrative.

“You know, it’s a balanced level of hate. I pride myself that it tends to be very 50/50,” Cooper told Variety.

She further added that she, too, was captivated by the trial as it unfolded, adding that her fascination began as a personal urge to understand why such intimate concerns had become a public event.

Cooper acknowledged the trial’s significance as a cultural milestone as she grew involved in the live broadcast of the trial, talks with friends, and social media chats. This insight pushed her to embark on a journey to investigate not only the trial itself but also the society’s responses to it.

“I found myself compulsively watching the live feed, and then discussing it with my friends, and looking at what everybody was saying on social. And I wondered what that said about me that I was so interested in what felt like a rather a sad open event of a private relationship. The more I looked into it, I felt like we were in a cultural and social phenomenon. As a documentary maker, I felt there was an opportunity for me to reflect how I was feeling while I was watching it, and I felt that it was a real moment in time,” she said.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Defamation Trial

The defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard last year made headlines not only because of the amount of celebrity involved, but also because of the sordid facts of the turbulent marriage that came to light.

The trial was also televised, which resulted in clips of Depp and Heard (mostly Depp) being taken and given creative modifications on social media sites like Tiktok. As a result, there was a lot of trivialization of what should have been a severe issue.

The trial, which took place in Fairfax, Virginia, was won by Depp. He had sued Heard over a Washington Post op-ed titled “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath.” That has to change.” Despite the fact that she had not named him, Depp filed a defamation suit regardless.

Depp was awarded $10 million in damages at the conclusion of the trial. Heard was also given $2 million in damages for being “defamed” by her counsel, who accused her of fabricating a fraud. Heard has claimed Depp of physical and mental abuse, which Depp has denied.