TED K immerses us into the addled world of Ted Kaczynski, living a life of almost complete seclusion in a simple wooden cabin in the mountains of Montana. But then this former university professor, who despises modern society and its faith in technology, becomes radicalized. What begins with local acts of sabotage, ends with deadly bomb attacks. To the outside world, Kaczynski becomes known as the Unabomber. Based on Ted Kaczynski’s diaries and writings, and his infamous “manifesto” director Tony Stone takes the viewer on an intimate and infuriating kaleidoscopic true crime journey into the life of one of America’s most complex and eccentric killers. TED K features a tour-de-force performance from Sharlto Copley who portrays the complexity of this unique outsider, raging at the forces of both the inescapable technological society that plagues him and his own inner demons. Director, writer, producer and editor Tony Stone (Severed Ways, Peter and the Farm) joins us for a conversation on what attracted him to telling this story from the Unabomber’s point-of-view, filming on the property where Kaczynski’s infamous cabin once stood and the importance of Sharlto Copley brilliantly blending together Kaczynski’s self deluding righteousness with the arbitrary ruthlessness he directed at his hapless victims.
About the filmmaker – Tony Stone is director, producer, writer, editor and cinematographer. His notable work includes writing and directing the films Severed Ways (2007) and Out of Our Minds (2009), directing the documentary Peter and the Farm (2016) and cinematography for R.E.M.’s music video “It Happened Today“.
84% on Rotten Tomatoes
“Magnificently Eerie” – Beatrice Loayza, New York Times
“Mesmerizing.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
“Whats surprising about this account isn’t his methods, his cunning and his amoral, horrifically random selection of targets. It’s how relatable Copley makes this monster.” – Roger Moore, Movie Nation
“A stunning performance by Sharlto Copley… finds emotional mercury in Kaczynski’s boiling cauldron of rage.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal