NETFLIX will release a chilling documentary this month revealing the brutal murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
The three-part series examines the case after the French documentary producer and screenwriter was beaten to death at the age of 39, outside his holiday home near Toormore, Schull, County Cork, Ireland, in the night of December 23, 1996.
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The three-part series trailer was released today and shows some of the many people who were interviewed for the in-depth documentary.
This includes family members who never spoke to the media about Sophie’s death.
Those who took part in the survey and the press that covered it at the time are also included.
The clip also features footage taken around the time of Sophie’s murder, as the filmmakers had access to Sophie’s film before her death and local reporting.
The French state has repeatedly tried to extradite the only suspect, Ian Bailey, a journalist who has been arrested twice and convicted in absentia for the murder, but claims his innocence.
On May 31, 2019, Bailey was convicted of murder by the Paris Assize Court and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
France was hoping to obtain an extradition from Ireland on the basis of this conviction, but on October 12, 2020, the High Court of Ireland ruled that Bailey could not be extradited.
Later that same month, the Irish state decided not to appeal the High Court’s finding ending Bailey’s extradition attempt.
The streaming service says the documentary features Sophie’s family and those involved in the story.
Created by Oscar-winning Searching for Sugarman and Man on Wire producer Simon Chinn, the series says it unveils the story and provides a “unique window into the ongoing battle to find justice for Sophie.”
It was shot in West Cork, Ireland and France and Sophie’s son Pierre-Louis Baudey alongside the people of Schull and the local press.
Suzanne Lavery and Simon Chinn, executive producers behind the series, said, “Sophie was more than a murder victim. She was a mother, daughter, sister, filmmaker and writer.
“Whatever really happened on that cold night in December 1996, the story is about a collision of worlds, cultures and people and that’s what attracted us to it.
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“But it was the meeting and the trust of Sophie’s family that really gave us our raison d’être.
“Justice has eluded them for a quarter of a century since Sophie’s death and their main goal in cooperating with us to make this series is to do justice to her memory.
“We hope we got there for them. “
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork premieres on Netflix on June 30, 2021.