US journalist Amanda Knox addresses a panel dialogue titled “Trial by Media” throughout the Felony Justice Pageant on the Legislation College of Modena, northern Italy on June 15, 2019.
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Amanda Knox is talking out in opposition to 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 undertaking.
“Does my identify belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my identify check 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 sequence of tweets.
Knox’s Twitter thread, which can be posted as an essay on Medium, went on to deal with sexism, the erasure of victims and her therapy within the press and in in style tradition over the past 14 years.
Since debuting on the Cannes Movie Pageant earlier this month, “Stillwater” has acquired blended critiques 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 advised Cleveland.com “there is not any similarity in our two tales past an American pupil 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. Desirous to show his daughter’s innocence, Invoice takes issues into his personal arms, however comes up in opposition to language boundaries and an advanced authorized system.
The director advised Self-importance Honest that after listening to about Knox, he could not assist however think about what it will really feel wish to be in her footwear. He additionally mentioned he wished to discover what it will 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 “in no way the primary” to “rip off” her story with out consent and on the expense of her popularity.
The ending of the movie differs enormously from the precise occasions of Knox’s acquittal, she mentioned. Within the movie, Allison is revealed to have requested the killer to assist eliminate her roommate. Whereas she did not intend for him to kill her, her request not directly led to the homicide.
“How do you assume that impacts my popularity?” 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 particular person.”
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 loads 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 Submit headline about Guede’s launch from jail which mentioned “Man who killed Amanda Knox’s roommate freed on group service.”
“I wish to pause proper right here on that phrase: ‘the Amanda Knox saga,'” Knox wrote. “What does that check with? Does it check with something I did? No.”
In any case, as Knox factors out, her story isn’t “about an American lady learning overseas ‘concerned in some type of sensational crime.’ It is about an American lady not concerned in a sensational crime, and but wrongfully convicted.”
Representatives from Common, which distributes the movie, didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.
Learn Amanda Knox’s full essay right here.
Disclosure: Comcast is the mum or dad firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal distributed “Stillwater.”