Amanda Knox speaks out in new Netflix documentary: “I was in a dark place. I was so scared”

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Netflix has released two new trailers for its upcoming original documentary Amanda Knox.

And, as has always been the case with the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, they offer the two conflicting viewpoints surrounding the British student’s roommate - with one trailer titled "believe her" and the other, "suspect her".

The 29-year-old Seattle native was convicted and then acquitted of Kercher's murder over a notorious and often confused eight-year legal process that hit headlines around the world.

In the trailers, Knox acknowledges the trauma of the debate - magnified by media coverage - over whether she was a “cold-blooded killer”, or a naive study-abroad student “manipulated” by police and falsely accused of murder.

“That’s everyone’s nightmare,” says Knox in the trailer, staring down the camera lens. “Either I am a psychopath in sheep’s clothing… or I am you.”

In the documentary, directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn chronicle the legal proceedings surrounding the case.

They also examine how the media reported on the case at the time, tearing apart Knox’s sex life and character, and dubbing her ‘Foxy Knoxy’ whilst insisting she had the ‘Face of an Angel’.

Kercher, 21, was found stabbed to death in the flat she shared with Knox in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

During a filmed interview with Knox, the documentary-makers ask her directly whether or not she had anything to do with Kercher’s murder – or whether there was anything she held back from telling Italian police.

Knox – as she always has done – maintains her innocence.

“We weren’t best friends but I was so shocked by what happened to her,” Knox tells the interviewer.

She continues: “Suddenly I found myself tossed into this dark place.

“I was so scared. I don’t know what else to say.”

Watch the Amanda Knox: believe her trailer below:

However the documentary doesn’t just show Knox’s point of view; it also examines the evidence against her, as well as her behaviour during and after the trial.

With access to the key people involved and never-before-seen archival material, the film shifts between past to present, exploring the nearly decade-long case in exclusive interviews with Knox, her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and journalist Nick Pisa.

Watch the Amanda Knox: suspect her trailer below:

Knox and Sollecito were first convicted in 2009 for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

They served four years for Kercher’s murder before their convictions were overturned. However, in 2014, a Florence court reinstated their guilty verdicts, ordering them to serve 28 and 25 years behind bars, respectively.

Due to “stunning flaws” in the case for the prosecution, the pair were acquitted for a second time on 28 March 2015 in the final ruling in the case.

Italy’s highest appeals court have ruled that there will be no more appeals or retrials.

A separate party, Rudy Hermann Guede, a drifter from the Ivory Coast, was convicted or Kercher’s murder and is currently serving a 16-year sentence.

He was previously thought to have acted with an accomplice.

Netflix’s Amanda Knox will explore the story from the “inside out” in a bid to help viewers make up their minds once and for all on what really happened that night in Italy.

The documentary will make its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September.

It will launch globally on Netflix on 30 September. 

Photos: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.