Grantchester star to make TV drama about arrest of Irish journalists – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Grantchester and Doggy style Star Tom Brittney’s Wild Nest Pictures teams up with Belfast-based Trevor Birney production company Fine Point Films (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) to develop a television drama based on the controversial arrests of Birney and her fellow North Irish journalist Barry McCaffrey in 2018.

The two had investigated the unsolved massacre of six innocent men by loyalist paramilitaries in a small rural pub in the village of Loughinisland in 1994.

The drama will follow the events of 2012, when McCaffery and Birney worked with Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Enron) and Fine Point Films on No stone not returned, a documentary based on the massacre, when they received anonymously unredacted police files that would help them to prove collusion between police and the killers. After the film’s release, McCaffery and Birney were arrested in a police operation for alleged theft of files and violation of the law on official secrets.

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Late last year, police apologized for the arrests and agreed to pay substantial damages to the two men who had been detained, who raided their homes and offices in a dramatic fashion and who were the subject of a police investigation for two years.

Brittney said: “I met Trevor and Barry while they were on bail and thought their story was amazing. It was such a clear attack on press freedom, and it showed how capable our own government was in stopping any investigation into their actions. I knew straight away that their story would make an exciting and necessary drama in the same vein as Projector or Dark waters“.

Producer Birney added, “We are very happy to be working with Wild Nest Pictures. Barry and I first met Tom at an Amnesty International event and since then we have been very impressed with his passion and vision. It’s a very personal story, but we’ve found the right partner to tell it.

British actor Brittney, also known for the BBC drama Make me famous and Starz hit Outlander, founded Wild Nest Pictures last year with actor and writer Oliver Powell.

Birney founded Fine Point Films in 2012 and has produced a series of investigative documentaries, including films by Alex Gibney Mea Maxima Culpa and the above No stone not returned as well as the title Hot Docs Bobby Sands: 66 days and CNN Films film Elian.

Brittney is replaced by The Gersh Agency and Authentic Talent & Literary Management in the United States and Waring and McKenna in the United Kingdom.

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