Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Kercher father attacks TV film

Hayden Panettiere is cast as Amanda Knox in the film about the murder
The father of Meredith Kercher has reportedly criticised a TV film showing her screaming in terror as her killers pin her down

The father of Meredith Kercher has reportedly criticised a television film showing her screaming in terror as her killers pin her down.

John Kercher said the production - which shows his daughter being grabbed by actors playing Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede - was "absolutely horrific".

The images have been released in a trailer for the film, which will air on US channel Lifetime on February 21.

Mr Kercher told The Sun: "To actually see it like this is very distressing. The scenes are absolutely horrific. It's awful what these film people have done."

The 21-year-old Briton, from Coulsdon, Surrey, is played by actress Amanda Fernando Stevens, while Heroes star Hayden Panettiere is cast as Amanda Knox.

The young American, dubbed Foxy Knoxy, is shown in a romantic tussle with her then lover Sollecito, then caged behind the bars of a police van.

In another scene the victim's body is shown partially covered by a duvet on her bedroom floor, just as she was found in the cottage she shared with Knox on her year abroad in Perugia, Italy.

The movie, called Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, is billed as being "based on a true story" and comes with the tagline: "There are two sides to every story."

Clips in the trailer show Knox's on-screen mother, Edda Mellas, saying: "She's kind, she's gentle," while an actor playing Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, the barman Knox falsely accused of the killing, seethes: "She's evil."

The film poses the question of whether Knox committed the crime in November 2007 or was herself a victim.

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