Sophie: A Murder in West Cork is a documentary series examining one of Ireland’s most well-known murders, that of French documentary producer, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, in West Cork, in 1996.
The three-part series is from Oscar winning producer of Searching for Sugarman, and Man on Wire, Simon Chinn. It is produced by Chinn’s company, Lightbox, for Netflix.
The series was filmed in West Cork, Ireland, and in France. Contributors include Sophie’s family, including her son, Pierre-Louis Baudey, alongside residents from Schull, and the local press.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork is directed by BAFTA nominee, John Dower (Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow), executive produced by Simon Chinn, and Suzanne Lavery (The Naked Truth), and produced by Sarah Lambert (Captive).
Suzanne Lavery and Simon Chinn, Exec Producers commented:
‘Sophie was much more than a victim of a murder. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a filmmaker, and a writer. Whatever actually happened on that cold December night in 1996, the story is one of a collision of worlds, cultures, and characters, and it was that which drew us to it. But it was meeting and gaining the trust of Sophie’s family which really gave us our purpose. Justice has eluded them for a quarter of a century, since Sophie’s death, and their main aim in cooperating with us to make this series is to do justice to her memory. We hope we have achieved that, for them.’
About Sophie: A Murder in West Cork
Sophie’s brutal murder in one of the most beautiful and remote regions of Ireland shocked the country, and triggered one of the biggest investigations it had ever seen – and over the next two and a half decades became a national obsession in both Ireland and France. With access both to the victim’s family, and those involved, the series unravels this extraordinary story from its beginnings, and offers a unique window into the ongoing battle to find justice for Sophie.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork will launch on Netflix on 30th June.