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Amanda Knox slams ‘Stillwater’ movie in powerful essay


US journalist Amanda Knox addresses a panel dialogue titled “Trial by Media” in the course of the Legal Justice Competition on the Regulation College of Modena, northern Italy on June 15, 2019.

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Amanda Knox is talking out towards the brand new Matt Damon movie “Stillwater.”

The journalist, who was wrongfully convicted of the homicide of Meredith Kercher and later acquitted of the crime, took to Twitter on Thursday to lambast the movie’s director Tom McCarthy in addition to the media for linking her identify to the venture.

“Does my identify belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my identify discuss with occasions I had no hand in? I return to those questions as a result of others proceed to revenue off my identify, face, & story with out my consent,” she wrote within the first of a collection of tweets.

Knox’s Twitter thread, which is also posted as an essay on Medium, went on to handle sexism, the erasure of victims and her therapy within the press and in standard tradition during the last 14 years.

Since debuting on the Cannes Movie Competition earlier this month, “Stillwater” has obtained mixed reviews from critics and stirred up debate about how a lot it could have been impressed by Knox’s personal expertise.

In interviews, McCarthy has maintained that the story is totally fictionalized and told Cleveland.com “there is no similarity in our two tales past an American scholar in jail.”

In McCarthy’s movie Damon performs Invoice Baker, an oil rig employee from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille, France after his estranged daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) is imprisoned for a homicide she did not commit. Desperate to show his daughter’s innocence, Invoice takes issues into his personal arms, however comes up towards language boundaries and an advanced authorized system.

The director told Vanity Fair that after listening to about Knox, he could not assist however think about what it might really feel wish to be in her sneakers. He additionally mentioned he needed to discover what it might be like for these closest to her to endure that type of tragedy.

Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin attend the “Stillwater” New York Premiere at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Middle on July 26, 2021 in New York Metropolis.

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Knox mentioned that “Stillwater,” which premieres Friday within the U.S. and Canada, is “under no circumstances the primary” to “rip off” her story with out consent and on the expense of her repute.

The ending of the movie differs significantly from the precise occasions of Knox’s acquittal, she mentioned. Within the movie, Allison is revealed to have requested the killer to assist do away with her roommate. Whereas she did not intend for him to kill her, her request not directly led to the homicide.

“How do you suppose that impacts my repute?” Knox wrote. “By fictionalizing away my innocence, my whole lack of involvement, by erasing the function of the authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces a picture of me as a responsible and untrustworthy individual.”

Knox mentioned that McCarthy and Damon had “no ethical obligation” to seek the advice of her in regards to the fictional story, however mentioned she and her household would have had rather a lot to inform the director if he had reached out to them.

Knox went on to speak about how Kercher, the sufferer, has largely been erased from the narrative as is her killer Rudy Guede. She pointed to a latest New York Post headline about Guede’s launch from jail which mentioned “Man who killed Amanda Knox’s roommate freed on neighborhood service.”

“I wish to pause proper right here on that phrase: ‘the Amanda Knox saga,'” Knox wrote. “What does that discuss with? Does it discuss with something I did? No.”

In any case, as Knox factors out, her story is just not “about an American girl learning overseas ‘concerned in some type of sensational crime.’ It is about an American girl not concerned in a sensational crime, and but wrongfully convicted.”

Representatives from Universal, which distributes the movie, didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.

Read Amanda Knox’s full essay here.

Disclosure: Comcast is the dad or mum firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal distributed “Stillwater.”

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