WHO KILLED THE KLF? Makes World Market Debut at AFM
BAFTA-Nominated Documentarian Chris Atkins Tackles the Mystery of Accidental Superstars, The KLF,
With a Highly Controversial Film That Tells the Story of the Biggest Selling Singles Band in the World
Fulwell 73 is pleased to announce the AFM World Market Premiere of one of the most controversial feature documentaries of our time, Who Killed The KLF? The film made its world debut at Fantastic Fest last month to high acclaim and screened to sold-out audiences despite efforts from various parties to stop it from happening.
30 years after they topped the charts and announced their retirement, the story of British pop duo The KLF is coming to light in a new documentary from BAFTA-nominated director Chris Atkins (Starsuckers, Taking Liberties). Who Killed the KLF? makes its world market debut at AFM shortly after its highly successful world festival premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. A recent interview with Atkins that appeared in The Guardian toward the end of October raises the stakes even higher.
Not shying away from personal backstories and unseen archival footage, Atkins gives us an insight into Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty’s backgrounds and the burgeoning events that made the KLF so bizarre: the band who completely undermined the music industry in such a daring way.
Who Killed the KLF? is the journey of Bill and Jimmy – how they transformed from eccentric stars with a string of international no. 1 hits to increasingly hostile pranksters who – by the end – weren’t entirely convinced by their pranks themselves. The “K Foundation” – their new vehicle for their more destructive behavior – becomes the fixation of the second half of the film, as the band get disillusioned by the fame and wealth they accrued. The film highlights their most undoubtedly destructive act: when they burnt £1m of cash on the island of Jura in Scotland, and then refused to explain why they did it.
Who Killed the KLF? goes back in time to the moments that made the band so unique. Through the use of archive and reconstructed footage, audiences are taken on wild road trips to Sweden with the band, who attempt to meet ABBA to personally ask for permission to sample “Dancing Queen”; we go to remote Scottish islands with robed journalists; we go to Spain to watch the KLF make “The White Room”, a disastrous £1 million budget movie with no plot. As well as these unconventional stories, the filmmakers also explore the mainstream fame they had, with their frequent visits to “Top of the Pops” under different names, to their sets at rave warehouses as they pioneered the genre’s renaissance with tracks like “What Time is Love?” and “3AM Eternal”.
Who Killed the KLF? was produced by Nicky Bentham, with Richard Thompson of Fulwell 73 and Ian Neil serving as executive producers.
Film Mode Entertainment is handling sales.
About Fulwell 73 Productions
Fulwell 73 is a London- and Los Angeles-based production company making top-quality television programs and motion pictures that both entertain and inform. Born in 2005 from a lifelong friendship between founding partners Ben Winston, Leo Pearlman, Ben Turner and Gabe Turner, Fulwell 73 expanded in 2017 with the addition of partner James Corden.
On the television side, Fulwell 73 produces the AppleTV+ Emmy Award-winning “Carpoole Karaoke The Series,” Emmy and Critics Choice Award-winning “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” recently launched Disney+ space series “Among the Stars” and Netflix unscripted series “Sex Unzipped,” hosted by Saweetie, and are in production on “Adele One Night Only,” for CBS and the highly-anticipated Untitled Kardashian-Jenner Hulu series. For the second consecutive year Fulwell 73 will produce the GRAMMY Awards, the biggest musical celebration on television. Additional television credits include Amazon documentary “All or Nothing Juventus,” Netflix documentary “Sunderland ‘til I Die,” BBC’s “Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation” and BAFTA winning feature doc “Bros: After the Screaming Stops,” Channel 4’s “Auschwitz Untold: In Colour,” the hit “Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special” for BBC One and the UK’s “Stand Up to Cancer” special, which raised more than 31 million pounds.
Film credits include Amazon’s retelling of “Cinderella,” starring Camila Cabello, which debuted as the number one streaming film on its opening weekend, and upcoming “Real Pigeons Fight Crime” for Nickelodeon. Additional film credits include Lionsgate’s critically acclaimed “In the Hands of God,” Universal Pictures’ football documentary “The Class of 92,” Sony Pictures’ box office hit “One Direction 3D: This is Us,” and Universal Pictures’ Usain Bolt documentary “I Am Bolt.” www.fulwell73.com
About Film Mode Entertainment
Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent titles include Mayim Bialik’s feature directorial debut AS SICK AS THEY MADE US, starring two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman, Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Candice Bergen, Simon Helberg and Diana Agron, CHICK FIGHT starring Malin Ackerman and Bella Thorne, CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Bledel, STAGE MOTHER starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier. Previous releases include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, and THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award-nominee James Caan. Film Mode accelerated their growth and expanded their capabilities by entering into a partnership with SCREEN MEDIA, representing their catalogue of more than 600 titles, including WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance, and MONSTER, starring Charlize Theron who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for the film. The company also has its own distribution arm, as well as a documentary label, DocMode. Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA. For more information, visit www.filmmodeentertainment.com
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