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by Sarah Finnan
17th Jun 2021

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Titled ‘Sophie: A Murder in West Cork’, the new documentary lands on Netflix at the end of this month.

One of the most highly-anticipated titles to be added to the streaming giant’s online catalogue this year, Netflix confirmed details of the three-part Sophie Toscan du Plantier series just last month. Examining one of Ireland’s most infamous murders, the documentary delves into the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death in West Cork in 1996. 

Brought to us Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn, it features exclusive contributions from members of Sophie’s family including her son Pierre-Louis Baudey, her parents George and Marguerite Bouniol along with aunts uncles and cousins – one of whom also serves as an associate producer on the series. 

Sophie Toscan du Plantier
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Emphasising the importance of “different takes and angles”, director John Dower noted that including a large cast of storytellers makes for “richer, more compelling stories”. “I always look for people who have genuinely lived the story we are telling,” he noted. 

About the new docuseries

Charting the life and subsequent death of French documentary producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the documentary hones in on the nitty-gritty details of her brutal murder in West Cork. Completely shocking the local (and wider) community, it triggered one of the biggest investigations the country had ever seen – becoming a national obsession over the course of the next two and a half decades in both Ireland and France. Unravelling the tale from start to finish, courtesy of Sophie’s friends and family, the series hopes to offer a “unique window into the ongoing battle to find justice for Sophie”. 

Commenting on the upcoming project, executive producer Suzanne Laverty said it was important for the team 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,” Laverty admitted. “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.”

Building on what her colleague said, producer Sarah Lambert 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.”

The first trailer for the upcoming docuseries was released just this morning which you can watch below. Sophie: A Murder in West Cork premieres on Netflix on June 30. You can find out more about the backstory and what exactly happened here.

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