Last night, Netflix’s Amanda Knox kicked off Awardsline’s fall screening series with pic’s directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn expounding on the challenges in mounting their doc about the Seattle exchange student who served time in an Italian prison for the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher. In the above video, Blackhurst and McGinn tell Deadline Senior Editor Dominic Patten about how they first approached Knox in 2011, following her first of two acquittals. Having lived the unpleasant life of a global tabloid sensation for years, it took Amanda two years to come around to the idea of addressing the details of her case on camera. “We had the luxury of time, and we kind of went on with our lives. We didn’t know if we were ever going to be able to make a film, but we knew that the only film we wanted to make was if we could have Amanda, and also have [Lead Prosecutor] Giuliano Mignini,” Blackhurst explains. Ultimately, the director adds, “They all knew that we were making the type of film that we said we were going to make, we were trustworthy. They saw that we were being true to that, so they let us into these very personal moments that no one else was getting access to.” Video production by Deadline producers Scott Warren and Sal Castellanos.
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