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Green light Jim Sheridan says court decision has given his Ian Bailey film an ending

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Ian Bailey arriving at the High Court in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Ian Bailey arriving at the High Court in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Ian Bailey arriving at the High Court in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Award winning filmmaker Jim Sheridan has said that the High Court’s decision not to extradite Ian Bailey has given his documentary an ending. 

On Monday the High Court rejected a third attempt by French authorities to extradite the journalist and poet for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Mr. Bailey was convicted in France, in his absence, of the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in December 1996 but has always protested his innocence.

Sheridan, who directed the Oscar winning movie My Left Foot, has been filming a documentary on the murder case for five years but had halted production as the extradition order was pending.

Over the course of the €1.5 million project he has amassed over 4000 hours of footage and has even spoken to relatives of the victim in Paris.

And while the project is almost completed, Jim told the Sunday World that the judgement has given him “closure” for the film.

“I think it will be next spring before the documentary comes out," he said.

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Film director Jim Sheridan

Film director Jim Sheridan

Film director Jim Sheridan

"There is a bit left to film which we are having difficulty doing because of the Covid situation.

“But when we get a chance we will do it.

“The judgement was good news for Ian Bailey but I wouldn't say it was good news for me.

“What it does do is it gives us a bit of closure, an end to the documentary.

“We don’t know exactly where it is going to go out but we will have more news on it soon.”

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