'Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie' will be released by Sky Crime ahead of the upcoming Netflix series, which is also planned for release this June.
Coming from Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan, 'Murder at the Cottage' will examine the brutal murder of French holidaymaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Schull, West Cork in 1996. The murder shocked the quiet, Irish town and 25 years later, the case still remains a mystery.
Having worked on the project for almost a decade and followed the case over the past 25 years, Jim Sheridan will take viewers on a journey as he pieces together original evidence, never-before-seen footage, archive material and new interviews with those closest to the case.
The director and producer of the prjoect said: “As a filmmaker, many stories fascinate me, but this story compels me. In 1996, Sophie - a young mother, a wife, a film producer and a daughter – died just yards from her holiday home in West Cork. To this day, the case remains unsolved in Ireland, while the key suspect has been found guilty in France.
"As a guest of the nation, Sophie’s murder continues to carry implications for the meaning of justice in Ireland and in France. Two legal systems and two investigations by the French and the Irish found two very different conclusions. I wanted to understand how that could happen, to search for justice and to help uncover the truth. I hope this series will help bring about a definitive conclusion to the case."
'Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie' is a Sky Original documentary, produced by Hell’s Kitchen ('The Wind That Shakes The Barley') and Dare Films, in association with Sky Studios. It is the first documentary series to be produced in-house at Sky Studios, Sky’s production and development arm.
It's fascinating that Sky should set the release date for their Sophie Toscan du Plantier for this June. Netflix also has a docuseries, 'Sophie: A Murder in West Cork', which will release on June 30 from Lightbox Productions ('Tina', 'Whitney'). It will be interesting to see what the differences are between both productions.
Here's the new trailer for Sky's docuseries.