Amanda Knox claims 'Stillwater' is profiting off her life

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CNN 30 July, 2021 - 05:19pm 50 views

Is Stillwater movie based on Amanda Knox?

Amanda Knox, an American exchange student who spent nearly four years in Italian prison for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher before being acquitted in 2015, was the inspiration for the just-released “Stillwater,” starring Matt Damon and directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy. Variety‘Stillwater’ Slammed by Real Life Inspiration Amanda Knox: Matt Damon and Others Are Profiting From My Story

What is Stillwater based on?

The script, which McCarthy co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain, Marcus Hinchey, and Noe Debre, loosely takes its inspiration from the case of Amanda Knox, the American college student convicted in 2007 of killing her roommate while studying abroad in Italy. Eight years later, Knox was acquitted. rogerebert.comStillwater movie review & film summary (2021)

In an essay on the online publishing platform Medium, Knox takes particular aim at McCarthy, who told Vanity Fair that Stillwater was directly inspired by the Kercher case, which resulted in Knox being wrongly convicted for Kercher’s murder along with her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and spending four years in prison, before ultimately being acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s supreme court of cassation. Rudy Guede, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2008, is the only person convicted of Kercher’s murder.

Stillwater, which premiered at the Cannes film festival in July, stars Damon as an American construction worker who travels to Marseille in France after his daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) is imprisoned for murdering her lover.

In her essay, Knox says that while McCarthy based Breslin’s character on her, he “fictionalised” the character in ways that made her look like a participant in the crime, including having a sexual relationship with the victim and asking the killer to “get rid” of the lover.

Knox adds: “By fictionalising away my innocence, my total lack of involvement, by erasing the role of the authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces an image of me as a guilty and untrustworthy person.”

Accepting that the film-makers were under no obligation to consult her, she says that the failure to understand her perspective has resulted in “others continu[ing] to distort my character”.

“I was hounded by paparazzi, my story and trauma was (and is) endlessly recycled for entertainment, and in the process, I’ve been accused of shifting attention away from the memory of Meredith Kercher, of being a media whore.”

The Guardian has contacted McCarthy’s representatives for comment.

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Matt Damon on playing red-state roughneck in ‘Stillwater’: ‘There’s so much more common ground than we think’

Yahoo Entertainment 30 July, 2021 - 11:30am

Damon is a wealthy Hollywood liberal. Baker is a struggling Oklahoma oil rig worker, or “roughneck,” who is conservative and who, Damon has said, would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. To prepare for Stillwater, Damon and McCarthy spent weeks in Oklahoma engulfed in red-state roughneck culture.

“When Tom McCarthy and I got down there, [the roughnecks] were justifiably wary of us,” Damon, whose transformative performance is drawing early Oscar buzz, told us during a recent press day (watch director and cast interviews above). “They were like, ‘Y’all are making a movie about a roughneck. What are you doing? Are you gonna make fun of us? What’s your game here?’ And when they realized what we were doing, the angle that we took, and the empathy that the film has for Bill, they really gave us incredible access to their lives and really helped us. I mean this portrayal is entirely possible because of the access that those guys gave me.”

Damon admits he took on the part to connect with Americans who have vastly different viewpoints.

“And help everybody better understand,” he says. “And also it’s a great reminder for me just in researching this and going down to Oklahoma and hanging with these roughnecks that I always leave those research trips kind of angry at politicians for stoking those divides as much as they do. The things that bind us are so much greater than the things that divide us and I really feel that in a profound way every time. And I’m lucky that my job allows to go kind of parachute into other peoples’ lives and they give me access.

“Just going down and talking and hanging out with them changes [your perspective]. It always helps … talking to each other helps, rather than staying in an echo chamber and talking to people we agree with. There’s so much more common ground than we think.”

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Amanda Knox Is Not Thrilled About Matt Damon's New Movie 'Stillwater'

Cosmopolitan.com 30 July, 2021 - 09:04am

I mean...yeah. Definitely sounds like it's based on Amanda Knox, who took it to Medium and Twitter with a lengthy statement/essay accusing the film of profiting off her without her consent.

She continued, "This new film by director Tom McCarthy, starring Matt Damon, is 'loosely based' or 'directly inspired by' the 'Amanda Knox saga,' as Vanity Fair put it in a for-profit article promoting a for-profit film, neither of which I am affiliated with. I want to pause right here on that phrase: 'the Amanda Knox saga.' What does that refer to? Does it refer to anything I did? No. It refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede. It refers to the shoddy police work, prosecutorial tunnel vision, and refusal to admit their mistakes that led the Italian authorities to wrongfully convict me, twice."

This new film by director Tom McCarthy, starring Matt Damon, is “loosely based” or “directly inspired by” the “Amanda Knox saga,” as Vanity Fair put it in a for-profit article promoting a for-profit film, neither of which I am affiliated with.

Amanda went on to question how fictionalized events based on her could impact her real life.

She ended the piece writing, "I have not been allowed to return to the relative anonymity I had before Perugia. My only option is to sit idly by while others continue to distort my character, or fight to restore my good reputation that was wrongfully destroyed.It’s an uphill battle. I probably won’t succeed. But I’ve been here before. I know what it’s like facing impossible odds."

Amanda Knox Is Not Thrilled About Matt Damon's New Movie 'Stillwater'

Vanity Fair 30 July, 2021 - 09:04am

I mean...yeah. Definitely sounds like it's based on Amanda Knox, who took it to Medium and Twitter with a lengthy statement/essay accusing the film of profiting off her without her consent.

She continued, "This new film by director Tom McCarthy, starring Matt Damon, is 'loosely based' or 'directly inspired by' the 'Amanda Knox saga,' as Vanity Fair put it in a for-profit article promoting a for-profit film, neither of which I am affiliated with. I want to pause right here on that phrase: 'the Amanda Knox saga.' What does that refer to? Does it refer to anything I did? No. It refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede. It refers to the shoddy police work, prosecutorial tunnel vision, and refusal to admit their mistakes that led the Italian authorities to wrongfully convict me, twice."

This new film by director Tom McCarthy, starring Matt Damon, is “loosely based” or “directly inspired by” the “Amanda Knox saga,” as Vanity Fair put it in a for-profit article promoting a for-profit film, neither of which I am affiliated with.

Amanda went on to question how fictionalized events based on her could impact her real life.

She ended the piece writing, "I have not been allowed to return to the relative anonymity I had before Perugia. My only option is to sit idly by while others continue to distort my character, or fight to restore my good reputation that was wrongfully destroyed.It’s an uphill battle. I probably won’t succeed. But I’ve been here before. I know what it’s like facing impossible odds."

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