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The Knife That Killed Me needs your support to get seen by a wide audience with an ambitious Multiplatform Premiere launch this summer. Read more

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The Knife That Killed Me needs your support to get seen by a wide audience with an ambitious Multiplatform Premiere launch this summer.

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UPDATE: Mark it down in your diary – JULY 15th! If we are successful with this Kickstarter campaign it will be the official date that the Multiplatform Premiere event for The Knife That Killed Me will take place. We have agreed in principle with with our first venue - the National Media Museum in Bradford - who have agreed to host the film, followed by a Q&A session, in their impressive 300-seat auditorium.

THE INTRO

Six years of hard work and dedication has gone in to creating The Knife That Killed Me and we are now excited to announce that we are at the final stage of releasing the film to the public for which we need your support and collaboration.
 
We are determined that the initial release of this truly unusual project should be done in a manner that stays true to the unconventional nature of the film itself. We therefore aim to launch The Knife That Killed Me with a Multiplatform Premiere event that will be completely free and open to a global audience on one special day (more details below). 
We are very proud that Universal Pictures UK have seen the strengths in the film and will be releasing on DVD and VOD in the UK later this year. However their involvement does not stretch to showing the film in a theatrical or screening environment, and we truly believe that the best way to experience The Knife That Killed Me is within these settings. This campaign will allow the film to be seen in the way that it was always intended and we want to make it open so as many people as possible can share in the experience.  

THE FILM

The Knife That Killed Me is based on the best selling novel by Anthony McGowan, adapted and directed by Marcus Romer and Kit Monkman. The film is a journey through the memories of teenager Paul Varderman as he reflects on the events leading to the fatal moment his life is cut short. Using a unique visual language to represent Paul’s subconscious thoughts, a familiar story of contemporary adolescent pressures unfolds in an unfamiliar way. Trailer:

One of the most striking aspects of 'The Knife’ is the visual style the film uses to illustrate the story. Using our specialised greenscreen technique we built a complex, self-consistent, abstract world to portray the interior of Paul Varderman’s mind - It’s a world that is built in complicity with the viewer - and, like the more abstract environments of literature and theatre, it’s an interior world that is reliant on a collaboration with the viewer’s imagination, and is the more powerful for it.

THE MULTIPLATFORM PREMIERE PLAN 

The film was created independently, in an unconventional way and we want to stay true to that spirit when introducing the film to the public. We aim to achieve this through launching The Knife’ with a first-of-a-kind Multiplatform Premiere this summer. This will involve the following events that will occur simultaneously on the launch day: 

  • Hosting a screening event that includes a Question & Answer session with the films creators 
  • Organising a number of pop-up screenings in unique public spaces 
  • Live stream the event online, for free, to a global audience. We are keen that the multiplatform experience is as interactive and inclusive as possible. 

We intend to stream the Q&A session both online and to the pop-up screenings, and we will encourage these audiences to engage with the discussion by sharing questions through twitter. 

We also want to encourage people who cannot attend the screenings to use the live stream to create their own unique screening experience with friends and family in interesting locations. We want to build a community that can share the experience of viewing this film for the first time and, by launching the film in this participatory way, we can stay true to the collaborative nature of the film itself. 

EVENT EXPENSES

We have already invested a lot in getting the film to this finished stage and with your help we can bring it to an audience in a unique way. The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to: 

  • Hire a primary venue space to screen the film and host the Q&A
  • Arrange a number of pop up screening venues (as many as we can afford) 
  • Hire projectionists and technicians to oversee and manage each screening
  • Film masters (Blu-ray or DCP) for each of the screenings
  • Marketing and promotional materials and media exposure

THANKS & OTHER WAYS TO HELP 

We appreciate you taking the time to read this page and thank you for supporting our hard work. By backing The Knife That Killed Me you will be contributing to the public release of a long-term project in which considerable time and money has already been invested. 

If you're unable to contribute financially (or even if you are) then there are plenty of other ways that you can help us: You can join and share our Facebook page and Twitter accounts - where you can also find lots of additional information and official artwork. Let your family, friends and co-workers know about our project. Please share this Kickstarter page with them and others who might be able to get involved. Anything and everything helps!

REWARD UPDATE: T-SHIRT

How many swear words are in The Knife That Killed Me?.. A lot! And you can wear them with pride with this cheeky exclusive t-shirt.  (Also available in black)

ARTBOOK

We excited to offer an exclusive Artbook as one of the Kickstarter rewards. This will feature official imagery created to promote the film and a selection of most striking scenes featured within the film itself. Along with this, the book will include notes from the directors and lead artist. You can get a taste of some of the images below and on our Tumblr page. 

Risks and challenges

The Knife That Killed Me is a film that we are hugely proud of and massively keen to find an audience for, so one way or another we will be releasing it this summer.
A challenge will lie in how far we can extend our audience reach to ensure that as many people as possible get an opportunity to see the film. Hosting a Multiplatform Premiere gives us that chance – and the more additional finance that we can raise will directly impact the number of people who can see our hard work.
If we are successful in reaching our campaign goal, we will need to organise numerous pop-up screenings across the UK. We are keen to organise as many as we can and to make these truly unique experiences. Our team will have to work hard to administrate this multi-location event and ensure that everything runs according to schedule. Work towards the initial stages has already begun we are confident that with the committed team involved we can successfully achieve our aims.
It has been an incredible journey over the past six years and we are excited to be at this final stage of presenting our hard work to the world. We hope that you can help!

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    THANK YOU: A massive thank you and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter for supporting us and your name listed in the “Special Thanks” section of theknifethatkilledmemovie.com. All pledges at a higher level will also receive this.

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    POSTER & SCRIPT: Digital copy of the official poster and a PDF of the screenplay.

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    69 backers

    DIGITAL FILM: HD Digital copy of the film PLUS digital poster and PDF of the screenplay.

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    T-SHIRT: Get your very own The Knife That Killed Me limited edition t-shirt (pictured) PLUS a digital copy of the film and official poster

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    DVD or Blu-Ray: Get a copy of the film signed by the directors PLUS digital poster and screenplay.

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    DIGITAL BUNDLE: Get all of the digital exclusives including - the blooper reel, behind the scenes features, production diary, official artwork PLUS a download of the screenplay, poster, and of course, the film itself.

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    10 backers

    POSTER & DVD COMBI: Get an A1 size Official Poster and the film DVD or Blu-Ray PLUS Digital Bundle.

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    8 backers

    COLLECTORS EDITION: Get your hands on The Knife Killed Me limited edition DVD or Blu-Ray with special features, exclusive t-shirt & the official poster signed by cast and crew members PLUS everything included in the Digital Bundle.

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    ARTBOOK SPECIAL: Limited edition Artbook that includes the official images included within the film and artwork created for promoting the film. The book features notes from the film’s lead artist and a foreword from the directors PLUS everything included in the Digital Package.

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    VIP RECEPTION: Four tickets to the Multiplatform Premiere screening event with VIP treatment – Which includes drinks with the directors, producers and cast and an invite to the after party (travel/lodging not provided) PLUS Poster & DVD Combi

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    PRIVATE SCREENING: Your very own private screening in either London or York followed by dinner with the directors and producers. PLUS Poster & DVD Combi.

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    NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM EVENT: Four VIP tickets to the Multiplatform Premiere screening at the National Media Museum in Bradford on July 15th. The VIP treatment includes drinks with the directors, producers and cast and an invite to the after party (travel/lodging not provided) PLUS Poster & DVD Combi

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    SPONSOR: Become the Official Sponsor of The Knife That Killed Me Multiplatform Premiere – feature your company logo streamed to a global audience during the premiere, in addition, your company will feature on promotional material and receive special recognition during activities building up to the event PLUS Poster & DVD Combi.

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