Was Amanda Knox involved in the killing of Meredith Kercher or merely an innocent party who became embroiled in one of the biggest trials of the last decade?
That’s the dichotomy Netflix looks set to explore in new documentary Amanda Knox, which has been given two starkly different trailers ahead of its release later this month.
First arrested alongside ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito back in 2007, the woman who became known as Foxy Knoxy in the press was subsequently involved in an eight-year legal battle that only ended when she was cleared by an Italian court last year.
Despite this, some doubt still surrounds the American’s account of events around the time of Kercher’s death, with many still skeptical of her innocence.
It’s something Knox is evidently aware of, telling the filmmakers: “Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing…or I am you.”
This duality appears to be the primary focus of the new film, as demonstrated in Neflix’s decision to release two starkly different trailers.
In one, entitled Believe Her, Knox is portrayed as an innocent, caught up in a murder trial and buckling under the pressure of intense media scrutiny.
In the other, titled Suspect Her, it’s a different story. Her version of events and general behaviour come in for questioning, while the events surrounding Kercher’s death appear unclear.
Born and raised in Surrey, the 21-year-old Kercher was found dead in the Perugia cottage she shared along with Knox and two other women.
She had been stabbed and sexually assaulted, with prosecutors claiming the death was the result of a drug-fuelled sex game gone wrong.
Due for release on September 30, the documentary will explore the events leading up to Knox’s arrest, initial conviction, four-year prison stay, retrial and eventual exoneration and release.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.