We are delighted to announce that uwantme2killhim? will receive its world premiere next month at Edinburgh International Film Festival! Also, the film will be considered for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film. Congratulations to all our fantastic cast and crew for this exciting news! More details about screenings of the film can be found at the EIFF website.
When 16-year-old Mark, a handsome and popular boy, meets local girl Rachel on the Internet, he quickly finds himself in an intense online relationship. Besotted, he will do anything for her – even befriend and defend her bullied, loner brother, John. When Rachel, who is trapped in an abusive relationship, is murdered, Mark and John are determined to avenge her death. Their actions draw the attention of a female MI5 agent as they unwittingly stumble into an ongoing operation. Soon, Mark is recruited to commit a devastating crime, one that made British legal history.
Based on true events in the UK in 2003, uwantme2killhim? is the story of the dangers of the internet, the new crime scene of the 21st century.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
In 2003, an event occurred in Greater Manchester in the North-West of England that made British legal history. A schoolboy of sixteen, with no criminal record and good school grades, was arrested for attempted murder. His defence was that he was working under orders for MI5, the British intelligence agency. Thankfully for him, his victim survived. When the shocking truth behind the story emerged, thanks to the dogged investigation of a lone police analyst, it revealed the astonishing consequences of adolescent alienation, teenage friendship and the Internet colliding.
These are the elements that fascinated Vanity Fair writer Judy Bachrach, who investigated and wrote about this extraordinary crime. Those same elements attracted director and producer Bryan Singer to Bachrach’s piece, which was published in February 2005.