Amanda Knox has accused Stillwater director Tom McCarthy and star Matt Damon of profiting off her experiences by “distorting” her character, “on the expense of [her] status”.
In 2009, Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had been wrongfully convicted of the 2007 homicide of Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher, following a trial that was marked by media hypothesis about her character.
Knox spent 4 years in jail following her conviction, and was acquitted in 2011. She was in the end exonerated (together with Sollecito) in 2015 by Italy’s Supreme Courtroom of Cassation. Burglar Rudy Guede was discovered responsible of Kercher’s homicide in 2008 and sentenced to 16 years in jail.
In Stillwater, Damon performs an oil employee who learns his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin) has been falsely charged over the homicide of her accomplice, along with his character travelling to the French metropolis in an try and clear her title.
Final month, McCarthy instructed Vanity Fair that the premise for the movie, which premiered on the Cannes movie competition in July, was instantly influenced by what the publication known as “the Amanda Knox saga”.
In an essay on Medium titled Who Owns My Title?, Knox takes goal at McCarthy for making a movie about her expertise with out reaching out to her, utilizing her title to advertise the movie regardless.
“You’re not leaving the Amanda Knox case behind very nicely if each single evaluate mentions me. You’re not leaving the Amanda Knox case behind when my face seems on profiles and articles in regards to the movie.”
Certainly one of her main criticisms is the way in which McCarthy’s movie fictionalises her story in a method that implies she might be a participant within the crime, and will depart viewers questioning if “the real-life Amanda was concerned one way or the other”.
She factors out that she was solely platonic associates with Kercher, however Breslin’s character in Stillwater has a sexual relationship together with her murdered roommate. Breslin’s character, it’s ultimately revealed, requested the precise killer to “assist her do away with her roommate”, with the request not directly resulting in her homicide.
“How do you suppose that impacts my status? I proceed to be accused of ‘understanding one thing I’m not revealing,’ of ‘having been concerned one way or the other, even when I didn’t plunge the knife,’” Knox writes in her essay.
“So Tom McCarthy’s fictionalized model of me is simply the tabloid conspiracy guilter model of me. By fictionalizing away my innocence, my complete lack of involvement, by erasing the position of the authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces a picture of me as a responsible and untrustworthy particular person.”
In the direction of the tip of her piece, Knox turns to the way in which she has been unable to expertise anonymity within the years following her trial, wrongful conviction and exoneration.
“I by no means requested to grow to be a public particular person. The Italian authorities and world media made that selection for me. And after I was acquitted and freed, the media and the general public wouldn’t enable me to grow to be a personal citizen once more.
“I used to be hounded by paparazzi, my story and trauma was (and is) endlessly recycled for leisure, and within the course of, I’ve been accused of shifting consideration away from the reminiscence of Meredith Kercher.
“My solely choice is to take a seat idly by whereas others proceed to distort my character, or struggle to revive my good status that was wrongfully destroyed.”
Knox invitations McCarthy and Damon onto her podcast Labyrinths, saying she expects they might have “an interesting dialog about id, and public notion, and who ought to get to take advantage of a reputation, face, and story that has entered the general public creativeness”.
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