This dramatization of actual events tells the story of two British teenagers drawn to the shadowy world of anonymous internet chatrooms. Popular, handsome Mark (Jamie Blackley) is smitten with his cyber-girlfriend Rachel. Over the course of their virtual relationship, he befriends her brother John (Toby Regbo)—an awkward, bullied schoolmate of his. When John breaks the news of Rachel's murder, a devastated Mark turns to another instant-messenger "friend" to avenge her death, with tragic results.We screened this film at our last KFF in San Francisco, and it was very well received. We look forward to showing it again, this time with a trio of special guests who brought this fascinating story to the public's attention. Judy Bachrach published an in-depth article in Vanity Fair about the events and the ensuing prosecution. As her piece reveals many details in the movie, it's probably best to read it after KFF. Andrew Douglas directed the film, and Simon Crocker produced it. All three of our guests will discuss their impressive and varied careers. And they'll reflect on what it was like to create a movie about a real-life tragedy that strikes a chord with the internet generation.
Prior to KFF, we'll offer a tour of our historic Richard H. Chambers Courthouse. If you'd like to participate in the tour, please meet in the first floor lobby just inside the main entrance at 5:45. The tour will start promptly at 6:00 so you can finish in plenty of time to get food, drink and a good seat.And yes, apropos of flicks, Happy Star Wars Day!