Winterbottom talks film based on Amanda Knox trial

b_arnold
Yahoo UK Movies News
19 July 2013
Winterbottom... discusses film based on the Amanda Knox trial (Copyright: Rex)

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.


[Exclusive: Look of Love clip]


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 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.

[Coogan: I am drawn to flawed figures and uncomfortable subject matter]


“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'.

What to read next

Luxurious Estates Ideally Located in Chantilly

Enjoy proximity to dining, wineries and retail in your elegantly spacious new NV home at Dawson’s Corner, priced from the upper $640s.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Switch and save!

Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $598.

The Most Addictive Shopping Site for Women

Fashion, jewelry, cosmetics and more items starting as low as $1. LIVE auctions happening right now.

Quality Supplements & Probiotics

For more than 25 years we have been formulating our quality supplements, enzymes and probiotics. Try our premium products today.

Ready When You Are

Hard work, meet high tech. Available active-level four corner air suspension adapts to support any load.