Doc Soup Debuts Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’

By Pat Mullen

It might have taken an extra eight months, but Toronto audiences will now be able to see the latest film from director Alex Gibney (Zero Days). Gibney’s No Stone Unturned has its Toronto premiere this week as part of the Doc Soup series at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The film was originally scheduled to play Hot Docs proper earlier this year following the Tribeca Film Festival, but the film was yanked from both festivals just a few days shy of its premiere with outstanding legal reasons cited as the cause.

No Stone Unturned offers an in-depth look at the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre where six Irishmen were murdered while watching the World Cup at the local pub. The true-crime tale opens the case file and dives into the complicated web or interviews and red tape to uncover a serial murderer who may have been a former British soldier and paramilitary who was allegedly active during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The film alleges conspiracy, collusion, and cover-up on the part of the British government, so the withdrawal probably wasn’t due to music clearances on the soundtrack. The thickened plot only adds to the true crime appeal.

The film premiered this fall at the New York and London film festivals and drew generally positive notices. “What Mr. Gibney uncovers is grave and shocking and could make a viewer concerned for the safety of the filmmaker,” wrote Glenn Kenny in The New York Times, while Fionnula Hannigan at Screen remarked, “Of considerable appeal to the politically-engaged, No Stone Unturned is dogged in a way that has become unusual in documentaries of this type…Gibney’s doc about a compromised state has no answers, but the point is his question: if a state is as rotten as Northern Ireland, does absolving the horror of the past really help its citizens move forward?”

No Stone Unturned plays at Doc Soup December 6 with producer Trevor Birney in attendance and on December 7 with Alex Gibney participating in a Skype Q&A.