NETFLIX have released the trailer for their upcoming documentary series about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
Sophie was brutally murdered outside her Irish home in 1996 two days before Christmas.
Journalist Ian Bailey was arrested five times for the murder of the French film and TV producer but was never charged.
The case is now set to be explored through Netflix’s brand new three-part series: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork.
The upcoming documentary examines one of Ireland’s most famous murders, that occurred in West Cork in 1996.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork includes exclusive contributions from members of Sophie’s family including her son Pierre-Louis Baudey, parents George and Marguerite Bouniol, uncle, Jean Pierre Gazeau, aunt Marie Madeleine Opalka, and her cousin, Frédéric Gazeau, who also serves as an associate producer on the series.
The show was filmed in West Cork, Ireland and France.
Alongside the exclusive contributions from members of Sophie’s family, the series includes interviews with residents from Schull and the local press, who are all close to the story.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork is directed by BAFTA nominee John Dower, who said: “I’m a great believer in ensemble filmmaking with a large cast of storytellers, because a story is never simple.
“You need all those different takes and angles to get to the richer, more compelling stories. I also always look for people who have genuinely lived the story we are telling.”
Sophie’s brutal murder happened in one of the most beautiful and remote regions of Ireland and shocked the entire country.
Her murder sparked one of the biggest investigations Ireland had ever seen.
Over the next two and a half decades, it became a national obsession in both Ireland and France.
‘WE HOPE WE’VE DONE HER JUSTICE’
With access both to the victim’s family and those involved in the story, the series unravels this extraordinary story from its beginnings and offers unique insight into the ongoing battle to find justice for Sophie.
The documentary is from Oscar-winning producer of Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire, Simon Chinn and produced by Chinn’s company, Lightbox, for Netflix.
Working alongside Dower is executive producer by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Suzanne Lavery, and producer Sarah Lambert.
Lavery said: “In making this documentary we wanted to honour Sophie, her family and that rural community in the South West of Ireland.
“Even now, I find it genuinely astonishing that something so terrible could have happened not just to a woman who appeared to have such a gilded life but in such a beautiful place and to a community that prided itself on its peacefulness, its safety and inclusivity.
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“It’s what drew Sophie there. What does seem so tragic, is that Sophie’s perfect escape turned out to be where she lost her life. And the shock of it still reverberates in that community 25 years later.”
She added: “It’s been our privilege to explore who she was and to bring that to the audience. We hope we have done her justice.”
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork will launch on Netflix on 30th June.