The film is about Bill Baker (Matt Damon) whose daughter, Allison (Abigail Breslin), is accused of a murder she didn’t commit while she’s studying in Marseille.
It follows the story of Bill and how he fights the judicial system in a foreign country to prove his daughter’s innocence.
Why did Amanda Knox speak out against Matt Damon and Stillwater?
In 2007, Amanda Knox was wrongfully convicted for the murder of a fellow exchange student in Italy.
Knox was only a teenager back then. She spent the next eight years trying to clear her name and was finally acquitted in 2015.
The journalist’s side of the story became much clearer with her Netflix documentary called Amanda Knox.
As you can see, Stillwater follows a similar premise. This did not sit well with Knox, and she made her feelings clear in an open essay and on Twitter.
“Does my name belong to me? Does my face? What about my life? My story? Why is my name used to refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, and story without my consent. Most recently, the film Stillwater,” she began.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
Knox then explained what exactly happened and how she’s still labeled as the culprit in the case when she clearly wasn’t
“And if you must refer to the “Amanda Knox saga,” maybe don’t call it, as the The New York Times did in profiling Matt Damon, “the sordid Amanda Knox saga.” Sordid: morally vile. Not a great adjective to have placed next to your name,” she wrote.
She said Stillwater “ripped off her story” without her “consent”. “Now, Stillwater is by no means the first thing to rip off my story without my consent at the expense of my reputation.”
Matt Damon’s movie doesn’t truly stick to Knox’s story and contains fictionalized elements. The end, for instance, is not what actually happened in Knox’s case.
The 34-year-old said this further puts her image in jeopardy. “By fictionalizing 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.”
“And with Matt Damon’s star power, both are sure to profit handsomely off of this fictionalization of “the Amanda Knox saga” that is sure to leave plenty of viewers wondering, “Maybe the real-life Amanda was involved somehow.”
The actor or the director has not commented on the issue yet.