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New Sinead O'Connor documentary to be made by Irish studios

Irish production companies ShinAwiL and Bebbak are joining forces to co-produce the documentary.

Singer Sinéad O'Connor. Photo by David Conachy

Neasa Cumiskey

A new feature documentary about Sinead O’Connor is in the works.

Irish production companies ShinAwiL and Bebbak are joining forces to co-produce the documentary, which will tell the story of the Grammy Award-winner’s life and career.

Sinéad (working title) is an access-led project executive produced by Orian Williams, who worked on the Joy Division biopic Control, alongside ShinAwiL’s Larry Bass and broadcaster Dave Fanning.

Irish director Maurice Sweeney, who directed the documentary on the IRA, I Dolours, will work on the project with ShinAwiL and Bebbak.

And O’Connor - who now goes by Shuhada Sadaqat after converting to Islam in 2018 - will also reportedly be involved in the filmmaking process.

Abacus Media Rights, the distribution company set up by former Kew Media executive Jonathan Ford, will handle global sales.

Larry Bass, CEO of ShinAwiL, commented: “There will only ever be one documentary with Sineád involved that tells the story of her work in her own words. This is it. Seldom do we get an opportunity for an artist to take us into the story behind their greatest work.”

Bebbak’s Dave Fanning, who has interviewed O’Connor a number of times on his RTÉ 2FM radio show, said: “From the very first time this wide-eyed teenager walked into my radio studio, I have watched in awe as she has re-invented her music and life, time and time again – always while wearing her heart on her sleeve."

Orian Williams added: “There are few artists who have impacted the world music scene like Sineád O’Connor, I’m delighted to board this film and help tell Sineád’s musical story.”

The project is the first high-profile project for Sandymount-based production company ShinAwiL since it hired former NBC executive Chuck La Bella, who has been nominated for three Emmy Awards.

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