Teaming up to direct the film, mcginn and blackhurst approached. Amanda knox sets record straight on infamous 2007 murder. Journalist nick pisa, who speaks candidly about the medias hunger for sensationalism, attests to the allure of painting knox as a depraved sex maniac. The films codirectors rod blackhurst and brian mcginn stopped by the variety studio. Netflix is launching four documentary films at the 2016 toronto international film festival, including one about amanda knox, the american woman who spent nearly four years in. A director for the film and morse have both stated in publicly available posts that morses involvement started in 2011. According to brian mcginn and rod blackhurst s documentary amanda knox netflix, september 30, which took five years to make and debuted at the toronto international film festival, a.
Amanda knox doco meant to push past headlines, makers say. Id seen the image posted on social media of a texan holding his homemade sign outside the islamic community center in irving texas. Hes talking about amanda knox, a new documentary about the seattle. Last night, netflixs amanda knox kicked off awardslines fall screening series with pics directors rod blackhurst and brian mcginn expounding on the challenges in mounting their doc about. Amanda knox appears in new netflix documentary directed by rod blackhurst and brian mcginn. In january 2014, after much wooing, a pair of thirtysomething filmmakers, rod blackhurst and brian mcginn, got knox, now 29, to speak on film bluntly and with icy precision about the pain, lies.
The pair tell newsweek why she decided to make a film. Amanda knox 2016 directed by rod blackhurst, brian. The films co directors rod blackhurst and brian mcginn stopped by the variety studio. Blackhurst s fiction feature debut here alone, a post apocalyptic thriller won the audience award for best narrative feature at the 2016 tribeca film festival and will be released in 2017. Why amanda knox trusted two rookie filmmakers to tell her story in a. For the new documentary amanda knox, netflix has cut two. With amanda knox, meredith kercher, raffaele sollecito, giuliano mignini. Late in amanda knox, a new documentary by rod blackhurst and brian mcginn that premieres this week on netflix, the woman whos at the center of the film asks a question. That polarization fascinated mcginn and fellow filmmaker rod blackhurst, who began talking about making a movie back in 2011. The mesmerizing scandal of amanda knox, the young american student on trial in perugia for killing her british roommate, meredith kercher, returns in a documentary on netflix by rod blackhurst and brian mcginn called amanda knox. Mcginn and blackhurst peel back the curtain on amanda. Filmmakers of the amanda knox documentary on why were. They admit the film is supposed to serve as a sort of meta commentary on how we consume stories like knox s. Were certainly a big fan of that film, says mcginn.
Yes stephen morse was producing the amanda knox documentary while he was openly declaring knox s innocence. Perugia prosecutor giuliano mignini, one of the film s most fascinating subjects, regards knox as a little bit of an anarchist. How the directors of netflixs amanda knox uncovered the. The filmmakers rod blackhurst and brian mcginn began working on amanda knox, their documentary about the 20yearold american convicted of a sordid murder in italy, in 2011, as knox. 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. With extraordinary access to the now exonerated suspects, and the prosecutor who charged them, documentary filmmakers rod blackhurst. Why amanda knox trusted two rookie filmmakers to tell her. While the film s male subjects continually lock amanda in their restricting gaze, amanda knox tries to give the impression that, for the first time, knox is controlling her public persona within the documentary. Amanda knox, directed by rod blackhurst and brian mcginn, revisits the saga by burning off the lurid overkill and, for the first time, getting the facts right. Amanda knox and the 21stcentury witch hunt the atlantic. Amanda knox is just the latest in a wave of true crime documentary projects, but unlike making a murderer, or serial, mcginn and blackhurst. Amanda knox in amanda knox, a new documentary from rod blackhurst and brian mcginn on netflix. Amanda knox honors its subject with an absorbing if slightly incomplete look at the details and troubling implications of her arrest and subsequent fight for.
Amanda knox makes for succinct, involving viewing, a truecrime doc that acknowledges the lingering debates over its subjects guilt while prompting one to ask. Still, it would take two more years for her to agree to take part in amanda knox, mcginn and blackhursts documentary that had its premiere at. Amanda knox 2016 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Amanda knox is a 2016 documentary film written by brian mcginn and matthew hamachek and directed by rod blackhurst and brian mcginn. Rod blackhurst and brian mcginn, filmmakers behind the netflix documentary amanda knox out sept. Amanda knox made its world premiere at the toronto international.
Amanda knox netflix documentary indicts a culture obsessed with scandal. F ilm makers rod blackhurst and brian mcginn got a scoop in persuading amanda knox to speak for the first time on camera. Amanda knox is a 2016 american documentary film about amanda knox, twice convicted and. American exchange student amanda knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in italy. The shots of blackhurst and mcginn s interview with knox are some of the most striking in the film. Amanda knox is just the latest in a wave of true crime documentary projects, but unlike making a murderer, or serial, mcginn and blackhurst arent here to. A new documentary about twiceacquitted amanda knox is meant to push past the sensational coverage of her case.
Amanda knox is a 2016 american documentary film about amanda knox, twice convicted and later acquitted of the 2007 murder of meredith kercher. How the directors of netflixs amanda knox uncovered the humanity. Still, it would take two more years for her to agree to take part in amanda knox, mcginn and blackhurst s documentary that had its premiere at the toronto international film festival this. Jennie kermode directors rod blackhurst and brian mcginn do a good job of keeping things balanced and of illustrating the ways in which sensationalism can be misleading. The 2007 murder of british exchange student meredith kercher in perugia, italy has become a case study in the vagaries of crime and punishment. Documentarians rod blackhurst and brian mcginn spent five years interviewing.
This was the us foreignlanguage student in perugia, italy, who with her. Amanda knox filmmakers wanted to tell the story behind the. Amanda knox documentarians rod blackhurst and brian mcginn spent five years interviewing all the principals involved in the infamous case in their efforts to tell the untold story. Bizarre things that never made sense about the amanda knox case. This gripping, atmospheric documentary recounts the infamous trial, conviction and eventual acquittal of seattle native amanda knox for the 2007 murder of a. Amanda knox filmmakers wanted to tell the story behind. Amanda knox doc explores the salacious italian murder. Amanda knox strips away the salacious ingredients and tells a story that you can finally make sense of. Netflix contradicts stephen morse on role with amanda. What more could we possibly need to know about this case of media mediated justice. For such a sedate film, amanda knox achieves a surprisingly moving climax. Why did anyone ever believe this outrageous stuff in the first place, much less cling to it for years.
Amanda knox netflix documentary directors spoilers. This gripping, atmospheric documentary recounts the infamous trial, conviction and eventual acquittal of seattle native amanda knox for the 2007 murder of a british exchange student in italy. In new netflix documentary, were all a part of amanda. Blackhurst and mcginn do a visetightening job with the unpacking the facts as we now know them, as we never knew. The shots of blackhurst and mcginns interview with knox are some of the most striking in the film. According to brian mcginn and rod blackhursts documentary amanda knox netflix, september 30, which took. Amanda knox, the new documentary drops on netflix on sept. Amanda knox filmmakers reveal how they got her to talk tiff. Amanda knox rod blackhurst film and commercial director. The supreme court of italy definitively acquitted knox in 2015 her reaction poignantly captured by the filmmakers in a closing scene from amanda knox. Why the amanda knox netflix documentary is more illuminating. That summer, amanda knox and raffaele sollecito were still in prison, and they were.
As directed by rod blackhurst and brian mcginn, amanda knox does without a subtitle and frankly doesnt need one. The same can occasionally be said for movies, if not narratively remakes, then certainly stylistically. Featuring unprecedented access to key people involved and neverbeforeseen archival material, the film shifts between past to present, exploring the case from the inside out in exclusive interviews with amanda knox, her former codefendant and exboyfriend raffaele sollecito, italian prosecutor giuliano mignini and daily mail reporter nick pisa. Late in amanda knox, a new documentary by rod blackhurst and brian mcginn that premieres this week on netflix, the woman whos at the center of the film asks a. Amanda knox directors reveal main obstacle in making netflix. The netflix original amanda knox tiff 2016 is director rod blackhurst s debut feature documentary. Adds blackhurst, were hoping too that there is a little bit of our love for david finchers films. It premiered at the toronto international film festival on september 10, 2016 and on netflix on september 30, 2016. In the film, amanda says that people want to look into her eyes to see what they say about. Brian mcginn and rod blackhurst recap the tabloidhogging mystery surrounding amanda knox, the american student accused of killing her roommate in italy. Amanda knox directors brian mcginn and rod blackhurst recently took to chelsea handlers netflix series chelsea to talk about their longgestating documentary also streaming on. Director blackhurst credits morse with shared responsibility for the film.1211 363 7 339 497 1130 1451 1080 920 507 1016 612 894 712 104 406 326 1265 531 676 753 931 1212 556 117 87 139 332 636 844 1438 1457