“Amanda Knox” directors Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst recently took to Chelsea Handler’s Netflix series “Chelsea” to talk about their long-gestating documentary — also streaming on Netflix, how’s that for corporate synergy? — and the pair found the time to hit on some of the most unnerving elements of their true crime feature.
While most of McGinn and Blackhurst’s new film shines a sharp light on the way the media reacted to the murder of Meredith Kercher and the subsequent trial of her roommate, pretty American exchange student Knox, the doc is also interested in the way the Italian courts worked over the case and how peoples’ perceptions of Knox influenced (and continue to influence) the way they feel about her court cases and their eventual outcomes. For McGinn and Blackhurst, those bits still seem to enthrall them, and they took to “Chelsea” to chat more about them.
Perhaps most compellingly of all, the trio dig into how societies — particularly patriarchal societies — view and treat their women. Women like Amanda Knox. Women like Hillary Clinton. It’s a small part of the final film, but it’s something worth far more exploration and attention.
Check out a clip of McGinn and Blackhurst digging into this — and more! — below:
You can also check out the full episode of “Chelsea” with McGinn and Blackhurst over on Netflix.
“Amanda Knox” premiered at TIFF last month and is now available on Netflix.