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Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s brother shares real reason family left Jim Sheridan documentary

10th July 2021


Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s brother has revealed why he and his family decided not to take part in Jim Sheridan’s documentary about her case.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier are posing for a picture© Provided by Extra.ie

Mrs Toscan du Plantier’s murder at her home in Schull in west Cork in December 1996 has once again be thrust into the spotlight following the release of two documentaries about the case.

Jim Sheridan’s documentary Murder at the Cottage, which was produced with Sky, was the first of the two documentaries to be released and the absence of Sophie‘s family was notable.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier sitting in a chair talking on the phone: Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s brother has revealed why he and his family decided not to take part in Jim Sheridan’s documentary about her case. Pic: PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s brother has revealed why he and his family decided not to take part in Jim Sheridan’s documentary about her case. Pic: PA Wire

Netflix’s Sophie: A Murder in West Cork included interviews with members of Sophie’s family and Sophie’s brother Bertrand Bouniol said they took part in Netflix’s production because they believed Sophie was the centre of the story.

Although the family had engaged with Sheridan and recorded interviews, they subsequently requested that they not be included in the final product, as they believed the series focussed too heavily on Ian Bailey, who was the main suspect in her case, although he has never been charged in Ireland.

Speaking to Philip Boucher-Hayes on RTE Radio 1’s Brendan O’Connor Show, Mr Bouniol said: ‘What was important was the project described by Netflix was to put Sophie at the centre of the story.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier posing for the camera: Mrs Toscan du Plantier’s murder at her home in Schull in west Cork in December 1996 has once again be thrust into the spotlight following the release of two documentaries about the case. Pic: Family Handout/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Mrs Toscan du Plantier’s murder at her home in Schull in west Cork in December 1996 has once again be thrust into the spotlight following the release of two documentaries about the case. Pic: Family Handout/PA Wire

‘And for the first time in the last 25 years, it was the first time that someone put Sophie in the middle, in the centre of the description, in the case of this documentary.

‘So it was important for us to testimony — who was Sophie? Because in the last 25 years, we forget that.

‘When we met the project of Mr Sheridan, the first time, he was not in the project, when we met people working on that project.a man looking at the camera: Netflix’s Sophie: A Murder in West Cork included interviews with members of Sophie’s family and Sophie’s brother Bertrand Bouniol said they took part in Netflix’s production because they believed Sophie was the centre of the story. Pic: Netflix© Provided by Extra.ie Netflix’s Sophie: A Murder in West Cork included interviews with members of Sophie’s family and Sophie’s brother Bertrand Bouniol said they took part in Netflix’s production because they believed Sophie was the centre of the story. Pic: Netflix

‘They told us, they explained to us, that they also wanted to speak about Sophie, so we say okay, we want to speak about Sophie.

‘I met Jim Sheridan at different times with my parents and alone, and he interviewed me and so on.

‘From the beginning of his documentary, it was clear, and I think it’s important, he wanted it to be as a witness, describing, trying to understand what the case is.a person holding a child: Speaking to Philip Boucher-Hayes on RTE Radio 1’s Brendan O’Connor show, Mr Bouniol said: ‘What was important was the project described by Netflix was to put Sophie at the centre of the story. Pic: REX/Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Speaking to Philip Boucher-Hayes on RTE Radio 1’s Brendan O’Connor show, Mr Bouniol said: ‘What was important was the project described by Netflix was to put Sophie at the centre of the story. Pic: REX/Shutterstock

‘But they moved the objective of this documentary. It was not about Sophie, it was about Mr Bailey.

‘And when you look at this documentary, everything is focussed on Mr Bailey. What you see in the documentary is it is more and more and more and more focussed on Mr Bailey.’

Despite the terrible circumstances surrounding his sister’s death, Mr Bouniol said that his family still has an affinity to Ireland and to Sophie’s home in Toormore, as it remains a point of connection to her.Despite the terrible circumstances surrounding his sister’s death, Mr Bouniol said that his family still has an affinity to Ireland and to Sophie’s home in Toormore, as it remains a point of connection to her. Pic: REX/Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Despite the terrible circumstances surrounding his sister’s death, Mr Bouniol said that his family still has an affinity to Ireland and to Sophie’s home in Toormore, as it remains a point of connection to her. Pic: REX/Shutterstock

‘It is not easy to come into this area,’ he explained, ‘but at the same time, if we want to continue to have some kind of contact with Sophie, it is also a place to have some kind of contact with my sister.

‘When you arrive at the end of this little road and you enter into the house, you know that you are close to my sister.

And that is why it is so important for us to come into this area.’Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier smiling for the camera: ‘It is not easy to come into this area,’ he explained, ‘but at the same time, if we want to continue to have some kind of contact with Sophie, it is also a place to have some kind of contact with my sister’. Pic: REX/Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie ‘It is not easy to come into this area,’ he explained, ‘but at the same time, if we want to continue to have some kind of contact with Sophie, it is also a place to have some kind of contact with my sister’. Pic: REX/Shutterstock

On continuing to seek justice for Sophie, Bertrand said he would like for his parents to be given some relief due to their age and health, but it is important that his family continue to fight.

He added: ‘My father is 95, my mother is 90. They are sick, they are old, they are tired and I would like, for them, some kind of quietness.

‘But at the same time, as you said, step-by-step, foot-by-foot, if we can draw one more we will do.’

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