Netflix has been making moves to bump up its original documentary selection and this fall will see at least three new, major works premiere on the streaming services. For auteurists, the release of new works by Werner Herzog (Into the Inferno) and Ava DuVernay (The 13th) is the major coup but then there’s Amanda Knox, an attempt to suss out what exactly happened amongst the media madness that surrounded the murder of Meredith Kercher and her titular suspected roommate.
The film is directed by Rod Blackhurst, who directed Here Alone, and Brian McGinn, one of the chief architects of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, and today, the first two trailers for the film arrived. One takes the side of guilty while the other takes the side of innocent, but the real intriguing element is a core interview with Knox that will likely anchor all the reportage and investigation. There’s a similarity to the style of the great Errol Morris in the clips afforded here, and if Amanda Knox ends up being half as fascinating as his recent output, Netflix will have at least one hit on its hands this Fall. You can take a look at the trailers right below.
Amanda Knox will begin streaming on Netflix come September 30th.
Here’s the first trailers for Amanda Knox:
Here’s the official synopsis for Amanda Knox:
Was she a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally murdered her roommate or a naive study abroad student trapped in an endless nightmare? In the Netflix Original Documentary Amanda Knox, directors Rod Blackhurst (Tribeca Audience Award-winner Here Alone) and Brian McGinn (IDA Award-winner Chef’s Table) and producer Mette Heide (Peabody Award-winner India’s Daughter) explore the notorious case that made headlines around the world.
Twice convicted and twice acquitted by Italian courts of the brutal killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox became the subject of global speculation as non-stop media attention fed the public’s fascination through every twist and turn of the nearly decade-long case.
In a world that remains strongly divided on the legal findings, Amanda Knox goes beyond guilt or innocence to shed new light on the events and circumstances of the past nine years. Featuring unprecedented access to key people involved and never-before-seen archival material, the film shifts between past to present, exploring the case from the inside out in exclusive interviews with Amanda Knox, her former co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and Daily Mail reporter Nick Pisa.
As a hunger for salacious and exciting news stories grows, what role do we all play in the perpetuation and the creation of ‘front page’ ready narratives? Amanda Knox is a human story that goes past the headlines to examine the often fraught relationship between true crime tragedy, justice and entertainment.