EXCLUSIVE: Grantchester and Greyhound star Tom Brittney’s Wild Nest Pictures is teaming up with Trevor Birney’s Belfast-based production company Fine Point Films (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) to develop a TV drama based on the controversial 2018 arrests of Birney and fellow Northern Irish journalist Barry McCaffrey.
The two men had investigated the unsolved massacre of six innocent men by Loyalist paramilitaries at a small rural pub in the village of Loughinisland in 1994.
The drama will follow the events of 2012, when McCaffery and Birney were working with Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Enron) and Fine Point Films on No Stone Unturned, a documentary based on the massacre, when they anonymously received unredacted police files that would help them prove collusion between the police and the killers. After the release of the film, McCaffery and Birney were arrested in an unlawful police operation for alleged theft of the files and breach of the Official Secrets Act.
Late last year, police apologized for the arrests and agreed to pay significant damages to the two men who had been detained, had their homes and offices raided in dramatic fashion and were investigated by police for two years.
Brittney said: “I met Trevor and Barry while they were on bail and thought their story was incredible. It was such a clear attack on the freedom of the press, and showed the lengths our own government was capable of going to stop any investigation into their actions. I knew immediately that their story would make a thrilling and necessary drama in the same vein as Spotlight or Dark Waters”.
Producer Birney added: “We’re very excited to be working with Wild Nest Pictures. Barry and I first met Tom at an Amnesty International event and since then we’ve been very impressed with his passion and vision. This is a very personal story but we’ve found the right partner to tell it.”
UK actor Brittney, also known for 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 string of investigative documentaries including Alex Gibney films Mea Maxima Culpa and the aforementioned No Stone Unturned as well as Hot Docs title Bobby Sands: 66 Days and CNN Films movie Elian.
Brittney is repped by The Gersh Agency and Authentic Talent & Literary Management in the U.S. and Waring and McKenna in the UK.
‘Grantchester’ Star Tom Brittney & Producer Trevor Birney To Make TV Drama Based On Latter’s Unlawful Arrest For Loughinisland Investigation The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Deadline.