The film I have chosen to analyse is the Netflix original documentary entitled “Amanda Knox”.
The reason for me choosing this particular documentary is that this case has always fascinated me. From the original trail, all the way up to the acquittal of Knox in 2011.
This film is a biographical documentary telling us the point of view of the aftermath of the murder of Meredith Kurtcher in Perugia on November 2nd 2007.
Right from the get go, we are thrown right into the action with a shot of the apartment in which this tragic event took place. With voice over from the emergency call to the Perugian Police providing us all the information we need to know.
We’ve got a piece of soft orchestral music providing us the score. Actual police footage from the scene of the crime and quite horrific images. That all set up the scene and what this documentary will be about.
Another key code for this type of genre is a voice over. This time it comes from the main protagonist. Amanda Knox. This again sets up the documentary to be from her point of view. When we cut to Amanda speaking, she’s in the centre of the screen, the background is a soft grey colour and the focus is entirely on her.
“Either she’s a psychopath or she’s one us”. Now that’s a terrifying way to end an opening scene and really does pull the viewer in. It’s a case that is so controversial That will get people to watch weather they believe she killed Meredith or not.
The chemistry between Amanda and her ‘then’ boyfriend Raffael Soletchito is everything you expect two people to be in love to act like. You get the sense that this is a a romance and it’s very clear to see why.
It’s also clear to see who the audience is for this film. It’s for the older people. It’s certainly not going to be for kids.
Another thing to notice is Knox’s body language, she’s calm, she’s dressed in a calming colour and everything about her just seems relaxed.
She’s very close to the camera, so you know she’s the one who we’re going to focus on.