UK distributor Woodcut International is teaming with the Rob Knox Foundation on a new award-winning documentary about the murder of Harry Potter actor Robert Knox that examines the issue of knife crime in the UK.
(K)nox: The Rob Knox Story wrapped production in October 2020, and has been touring the festival circuit and picking up accolades and awards, including being named best feature documentary at the London Independent Film Festival. Woodcut International has boarded the film as executive producer and worldwide television distributor for the hour-long doc.
The film was directed by Aaron Truss, produced by The Rob Knox Foundation (Colin Knox) and Nick Kenton. Truss executive produces along with Joe Acres. Koulla Anastasi is executive producer for Woodcut International.
Knox was stabbed to death in 2008 at the age of 18, just days after shooting his breakout role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. His death was headline news both in his native Britain and abroad, and served as a wake-up call for the issue of knife crime. The film explores this story and Knox’s life as a young actor along with the police investigation into his murder.
Featured interviews include family members, friends and Harry Potter castmates including Ray Winstone (pictured), Jim Broadbent, Tom Felton, David Yates, Dani Harmer and Blake Harrison, as well as archive interviews with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
“This film pays homage to a young man whose legacy has shone a light on knife crime, and his fame in the Harry Potter movie has created a unique vehicle to draw attention to the soul destroying impact crimes of this nature have on so many lives,” said Anastasi, Woodcut International’s commercial director, in a release.
Added Truss: “We at the Rob Knox Foundation are extremely happy to be partnering with Woodcut International and look forward to our journey together. Not only have Woodcut been involved with some great documentaries like Damilola: Death of a Ten Year Old, but they also understand the need for a film like this in today’s society. Knife crime, especially in the UK, is worse than ever, so we hope that this film will make an impact on people’s attitudes towards this horrific culture.”