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THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON
USA: IFC First Take
UK: The Works UK Distribution
Cast: Jonas Ball, Krisha Fairchild, Gunter Stern, Gail Kay Bell, Mie Omori, Robert Kirk, Richard Sherman
Director: Andrew Piddington
UK: 112 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong violence and language
USA Release Date: 2 January 2008 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 7 December 2007 (Limited Release)
UK DVD Release Date: 31 March 2008
'I was nobody until I killed the biggest somebody on earth'
THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON is a chilling insight into the mind of Mark David Chapman (Jonas Ball), the 25 year-old narcissist who gunned down John Lennon outside his Dakota apartment in New York in 1980.
Meticulously researched and filmed on actual locations where events occurred it is a gritty and imagistic examination of a celebrity stalker's mind leading up to the kill - and his descent into madness and exorcism.
Independently financed and filmed over three years in Hawaii, Decatur Georgia and New York it is unflinching in its presentation of the truth. It does not set out to condone or exonerate the shooting death of Lennon or his killer's desire for fame. Its theme of bomb-ticking loneliness and, by extension, the notion that America is a nation of angry strangers who vent paranoid resentment toward public figures couldn't be more resonant today.