- Film & TV
- 01 Jun 23
Spicebag has promised that the film "will pull no punches", and is expected to be featured at the Docs Ireland documentary festival in Belfast later this month.
A trailer has been released for artist Spicebag's first documentary, which will examine the tragic death of Terence Wheelock, and his family's subsequent struggle for justice.
The documentary will land later this month, and according to Spicebag is the culmination of almost a year's work with Council Magazine.
Terence Wheelock was a 20-year-old man from Summerhill in North Inner City Dublin, and died on 16 September 2005, by alleged suicide. He was arrested with three others on suspicion of stealing a car but was later cleared of having any involvement in that theft.
Following his arrest, he was taken to Store Street Garda station, and two hours later was found unconscious in his cell, where he had allegedly hung himself.
Despite this being the officially reported series of events, the circumstances Terence was put in meant that it was virtually impossible for him to have acted alone, and the bruises and cuts that were found covering his body indicate a far more malicious series of events.
An independent forensic expert who examined the clothes of Terence following his death has stated that the blood on Terence’s clothes is not consistent with the story that he hanged himself.
In 2007, a jury at the coroner's court returned a verdict of death by suicide, but the case has been widely criticised and questioned by public and government figures.
The story has been in and out of the spotlight over the years but Terence’s family have never stopped in their battle for an independent public inquiry.
According to Spicebag in an announcement post on Instagram, the film will aim "to amplify those calls for justice by taking an honest look at the circumstances of Terence’s death", and the documentary "will not pull punches".
"I couldn’t have got here without the great team at Council Magazine with special thanks to Michael Fitzpatrick our incredibly talented editor and DOP, and Fionn Thompson, my partner in crime. This has been a huge undertaking by a tiny team and we’re not done yet so all support is greatly appreciated."
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The documentary will feature interviews and discussions with People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy, who has previously questioned the case record in addressing the Minister and Department of Justice.
The film will also feature testimonials and personal accounts from family members and friends of Terence, and looks to be a gripping investigation into the appalling tale of tragedy.
The version of the film is expected be featured at the Docs Ireland festival in Belfast later this month, as part of the Belfast Film Festival.
- Film & TV
- 26 Sep 23