ROME, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. coed suspected of killing British student Meredith Kercher in Italy last year has helped make a feature film while awaiting trial, a director says.
Claudio Carini, who directed Amanda Knox in "The Last City," said the U.S. student set to be put on trial for homicide in Perguia, Italy, was a positive force during filming, The Times of London said Thursday.
"Amanda volunteered in September and we started shooting straight away," Carini said. "She worked hard, as all the others did. She was very self disciplined and acted very well."
Carini said his 55-minute film is about 12 women held in a prison who long for their freedom.
The Italian news agency ANSA said the film is scheduled to be released in January, following the Jan. 16 start of Knox's trial.
Knox, 20, and 24-year-old Italian national Raffaele Sollecito stand accused in the Nov. 2, 2007, death of Kercher.
Ivory Coast national Rudy Guede has already been convicted of sexually assaulting and killing Kercher after the student rebuffed alleged sexual advances from the trio, ANSA said.