York movie named as one of the top ten films of 2014

9 Jan 2015 @ 4.37 pm
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Already the recipient of a four star review from The Times, striking teenage drama The Knife That Killed Me has now been named as one of the top movies of 2014.

The film, made entirely in York, took number ten in the Huffington Post list of the best 30 movies of last year.

Placed ahead of such big budget blockbusters as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, American Hustle and even The Lego Movie, The Knife That Killed Me has again punched way above its weight.

This is what the Huffington Post‘s showbusiness writer Roger Crow said of the film:

“Wonderfully inventive hard-hitting British drama. Kes meets Sin City.”

Top team work

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Rosie Goddard, who played Maddy in the film
The Knife That Killed Me was made entirely using green screen technology at Green Screen Productions’ studios at Bubwith near York.

What’s it about?

Based on Anthony McGowan’s novel, The Knife That Killed Me is a journey through the memories of teenager Paul Varderman, played by Jack McMullen (Waterloo Road, Brookside) as he reflects on events leading to a fatal moment in his life.

The film uses green screen and visual effect filmmaking technology to overlay backgrounds and effects in a strikingly different style.

The film was adapted and directed by Marcus Romer and Kit Monkman.

Post-production work took place at Heslington Studios, the commercial arm of the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

The ground-breaking partnership saw all of the visual effects created by recent graduates of an MA in postproduction with visual effects. Audio postproduction was overseen by Gavin Kearney, the university’s lecturer in sound design.

John Mateer, another senior lecturer in the department, was an executive producer of the film – which was backed and distributed by Universal Pictures UK

He was “absolutely thrilled” that The Knife That Killed Me made it into HuffPo’s top ten movies.

“I could not be more proud of the visual effects team, who only completed their degrees with us just before production began.

“This recognition also speaks volumes as to the cutting-edge work we can undertake and the talent we have within TFTV.”

– John Mateer