Amanda Knox Film Angers Victim’s ParentsFebruary 4, 2011 - 9:23 AM | by: Greg Burke
A made-for-television film, “Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy” comes out on Feb. 21, and graphic still photos and a trailer for the film have angered the parents of the victim, British student Meredith Kercher.
The film, which stars Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes” in the role of Amanda, also known as “Foxy Knoxy.” John Kercher, the father of Meredith, lashed out at the film, made by Lifetime, and the publicity preceding it.
“”The scenes are absolutely horrific,” he told the British publication The Sun. “It’s awful what these film people have done. I’m suprised they have gone so far.”
By “so far,” Kercher was referring to the fact the film includes a re-enactment of the murder of his daughter. Meredith was killed in November of 2007, and her housemate, Seattle student Amanda Knox, was convicted of murder and sexual assault in the case two years later. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Amanda and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who was also convicted, are now in the course of their appeal. They recently were heartened by the decision by the appeals court judge to allow an independent review of some of the crucial DNA evidence used in their conviction. The defense has argued that police forensics work in the investigation was flawed.
The Perugia murder has garnered wide attention in the U.K., the U.S. and Italy alike. While Amanda’s team has created quite a bit of favorable publicity, bringing many in the United States to take up her cause and criticize the Italian justice system, the case was certainly not a simple one.
The only certain truth to emerge at the end of it all was that one young woman was dead, Meredith. And her father, John, complained in the past one of those convicted of the murder, Amanda Knox, was now becoming a celebrity. Indeed she is. You can now see her in a movie.