The father of the murdered student has described images from the upcoming film about her death as 'absolutely horrific'
The father of murdered student Meredith Kercher has described images from the upcoming film about her death as ‘absolutely horrific’ and ‘very distressing’.
John Kercher spoke out yesterday after initial film stills and an extended preview of the upcoming TV movie were released.
The images show graphic scenes, in which the actress playing Meredith – actress Amanda Fernando Stevens – is seen pinned to the floor with a knife held to her throat, by actors playing the three people convicted of her killing.
‘It’s so awful what these film people have done,’ said John Kercher, describing initial footage as ‘absolutely horrific.’
‘Your imagination runs riot as it is about what happened, but to actually see it like this is very different and very distressing.’
‘I’m also surprised they went that far in the film,’ he continued. ‘I was told the original brief and synopsis of the film was to take it up to the point of the killing but not actually show the killing itself.’
‘It’s obvious from these pictures they are showing the killing.’
The film also stars Hayden Panettiere as Amanda Knox, the American exchange student convicted of Meredith’s murder three years ago.
The release of the film coincides with Amanda’s appearance in court last month to begin her appeal – as despite her 26-year sentence, she has always protested her innocence.
A trailer to the film leads with the line, ‘there are two sides to every story’ – before questioning whether Ms Knox is ‘kind and gentle,’ or ‘evil.’
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