Host Of Home Based Collaborators Combining To Produce Sineád O’Connor Documentary

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Veteran radio jock Dave Fanning is to act as one of the executive director’s on a new documentary on the celebrated singer-songwriter Sineád O’Connor.
Orian Williams, the producer behind Joy Division’s Ian Curtis biopic Control, production company ShinAwiL and Fanning will join forces on a feature documentary on one of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians.

Currently titled Sineád, the access-led documentary will tell the story of O’Connor, who now goes by Shuhada Sadaqat after converting to Islam in 2018.

O’Connor burst onto the international scene with her 1987 album The Lion and the Cobra and her 1990 song Nothing Compares To U (written by Prince), and has been an inspiring musician and outspoken public figure for over three decades.

An often-controversial figure, she is arguably best known for appearing on US Comedy Show Saturday Night Live in 1992 where she performed a cover of Bob Marley’s War, intended as a protest against the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church.

She made international headlines when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II while singing the word ‘evil’.

Earlier this year, O’Connor announced her retirement after the 2022 release of her album No Veteran Dies Alone, but later announced that she would tour next year.

Also this year, in an Irish Independent piece, she interviewed Ian Bailey, who featured in Jim Sheridan’s Murder in the Cottage and Netflix’s Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, both of which documented the murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier.

Sineád follows director Maurice Sweeney’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Feature Documentary I Dolours which he directed and co-wrote.