Amanda Knox Says Matt Damon Stillwater Film Tears Her Life Story “Without Her Consent”

Amanda Knox Says Matt Damon Stillwater Film Tears Her Life Story “Without Her Consent”

Amanda Knox has claimed that the new film Stillwater makes her life sensational and tears up her story “without her consent” and “to the detriment of her reputation”.

Calm water stars Matt Damon as a father who flies to France to help his distant daughter, Allison, played by Abigail Breslin.

She was convicted and jailed for the murder of her girlfriend in Marseille, in a case that made the headlines.

Knox is never named onscreen, but in interviews the filmmakers noted that her sensational case was a first jumping off point for the script.

Matt Damon plays Bill, a father who flies to Europe to help his daughter accused of murder. Pic: Focus Features
Stillwater is in part influenced by the murder of Meredith Kercher. Pic: Focus Features

In tweets and an essay on the Medium site, Knox called out various publications and director Tom McCarthy for using his name to promote the film.

She wrote that her “fictitious version of me is just the most guilty version of me in tabloid conspiracy.”

She added, “Is my name mine? Does my face? What about my life? My story ? Why is my name used to refer to events in which I was not involved?

“I come back to these questions because others continue to take advantage of my name, face and story without my consent. “

Knox made headlines around the world following the 2007 murder in Perugia, Italy, of British college student Meredith Kercher.

Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were suspected. Both were initially convicted, but after a series of different decisions, Italy’s highest court overturned the convictions in 2015.

Interviews and film reviews mention Knox as inspiration for the story

Rudy Guede was ultimately convicted of the murder and sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2008.

“By imagining my innocence, my complete lack of involvement, by erasing the role of authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces an image of me as a guilty and untrustworthy person,” Knox wrote.

At the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month, where Stillwater was screened, McCarthy said the Knox case served as “an initial point of inspiration but not much beyond. I had just had a daughter at the time and was thinking what it would be like ”.

Meredith Kercher
British student Meredith Kercher was killed in Perugia, Italy, in 2007

In a subsequent interview with The Associated Press to promote Stillwater, McCarthy said he “didn’t want to copy or imitate” Knox’s legal proof.

“It’s loosely inspired by this case, so I didn’t want to try and recreate it. I want Allison to be kind of her own character in her own right, but it was really great to have that as a reference. ” he said.

Numerous Stillwater reviews and reports have mentioned Knox as the inspiration for the plot. The film opens Friday.

The studio releasing the film, Focus Features, did not immediately respond to Associated Press emails on Friday.


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