Winterbottom talks film based on Amanda Knox trial

Director will portray a fictional case to expose society's fascination with violence.

British director Michael Winterbottom has revealed his motivation for making a film based on the Amanda Knox trial.

Winterbottom, who has never shied away from controversial subjects in the past, said that the film will focus on the press and society's fascination with violence, but will dramatise a fictional case rather than the actual events.

It will use the book 'Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox' by journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau as some of its source material.



The case saw American student Amanda Knox charged along with two others with the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.

Knox... was released in 2011 but the verdict will be reconsidered (Copyright: Rex)

Knox was found guilty, but was later released on appeal in 2011. However, the appeal was overturned earlier this year, and the verdict will be reconsidered.

“We bought the rights to the book that tells the story of the trial, but our film is not really about that, so we are always a bit wary of even saying that,” Winterbottom told The Hollywood Reporter.


“Our film is actually about losing a daughter, losing someone close to you; why are we so interested in violence and why are we not more interested in love.”

He has previously called the project 'a modern day version of Dante', telling Screen Daily in May this year: “The idea is that in any case like this, the victim disappears. They talk about the intrigue of who committed the crime.”

Winterbottom has made a number of controversial films in the past.

'In This World' dealt with the harrowing reality of people smuggling, while 'The Road To Guantanamo' looked at the case of three British muslims detained at the US naval base in Cuba.

Meanwhile, his film '9 Songs' hit headlines for featuring unsimulated sex between its two lead actors, and 'The Killer Inside Me' was criticised for its graphic depiction of violence against women.

He is currently working on a sequel to his series 'The Trip' with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, called 'The Trip To Italy'.