Watch: Netflix drops first-look trailer for new Sophie Toscan du Plantier documentary
Netflix has dropped a first-look trailer for its upcoming documentary on Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the Frenchwoman killed in West Cork 25 years ago.
On December 23, 1996, Ms Toscan du Plantier was beaten to death outside her holiday home in Schull.
Former British journalist Ian Bailey was arrested twice in connection with the 39-year-old documentary maker’s murder, but has never been charged in Ireland.
Bailey was convicted of murder in absentia in France, but multiple extradition attempts made by French authorities have been denied by the Irish legal system.
The death of Ms Toscan du Plantier has been a source of huge interest over the last two-and-a-half decades, fuelling the massively successful West Cork podcast as well as the forthcoming Sky Crime series Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie.
The newest addition to the body of work on the tragic case is the Netflix documentary, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork.
The three-part documentary series is due to be released on Netflix on June 30, and features exclusive contributions from members of Ms Toscan du Plantier’s family members, including her son Pierre-Louis Badley, her parents George and Marguerite Bounio, her uncle Jean Pierre Gazeau, her aunt Marie Madeleine Opalka and her cousin Frédéric Gazeau, who also served as an associate producer.
The series was filmed in West Cork, and also includes interviews with locals in Schull and regional journalists.
The documentary was directed by BAFTA nominee John Dower, and was produced by Oscar winner Simon Chinn and his company Lightbox.
Speaking about the series, Mr Dower stated: ‘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.’
Executive producer Suzanne Lavery added: ‘In making this documentary we wanted to honour Sophie, her family and that rural community in the southwest 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. 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.’
Echoing these sentiments, producer Sarah Lambert said: ‘It’s been our privilege to explore who she was and to bring that to the audience. We hope we have done her justice.’