26th April 2018
In October 2014, an innocent woman was deemed to have committed suicide after she was hounded by mainstream media.
Her crime? She questioned the official narrative of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
So, having had my own experiences of what happens when you question Madeleine's disappearance, I went on a journey to make a documentary that looked at a different narrative about the missing child. Some of it is contained in a production diary on this site.
The production diary only goes up to 2016 when we realised the strength of opposition to us making such a documentary.
I intend, at some stage, to make a film about that. It's a story by itself.
So, we set out to make a made-for-TV documentary and we still have that. It is an overview of the case including the various anomalies.
However, there are a number of legal issues that have, so far, proved unsurpassable for TV broadcasters to commit to it.
But what we have collected over the last four years is way beyond a 54-minute TV documentary.
Anyone who knows about Madeleine McCann - and what has happened since she was reported missing in 2007 - will also know that this is a fascinating story that is about so much more than a missing child, as truly sad as that is.
I would love to be able to explore Madeleine's story on Patreon (link: https://www.patreon.com/soniapoulton) but that requires your support, too.
I have been financially penalised for pursuing this story. Example? OK. Here’s a not-so fun fact.
In the year leading up to the making of our film, I appeared on national media, TV and radio, fifty-odd times. That’s over once a week. Certainly enough to have something of a mainstream media profile. Not on par with a Kim Kardashian or a Holly Willoughby, I will grant you that, but enough to have something to lose.
And I did.
In the year that followed the beginning of our film, I appeared approximately NO TIMES on TV.
I was soiled goods.
I had dared to do what you weren’t supposed to do as a mainstream media journalist.
I had said: I question the official version of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
That was it.
I asked questions. I made no accusations. No deliberations. I’m not a judge.
I just said, and repeatedly, I feel that something is not quite right about this story and I have to question it.
I was told not to.
By TV producers, by radio researchers and by newspaper commissioning editors.
They were quite explicit.
In fact, to quote one industry stalwart ‘that is the one story that you don’t cover’.
Which, for some bizarre reason, translated to me as ‘that’s the one story you must cover’.
And so I did. Or have attempted to. And sometimes that has worked and other times I have been blocked. Either by internet thugs or Government protocol.
Perhaps they are linked. Who knows? It’s a crazy story. One that requires much contemplation.
And so, with the numerous obstacles attached to pursuing this story, I decided to approach it in a different way and that is by launching a Patreon which enables creators to cut to the chase and get straight to interested parties - without the censorious one in the middle.
So, out of the myriad of topics I could choose to launch with regarding Madeleine's story, I've decided to start with a look at the McCanns relationship with police since the start of the investigation in 2007.
Currently, we are approaching the 11th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance and a £12million-plus police investigation has just been given even more funds. This story is as relevant as it ever was.
This film is Part 1. Part 2 will follow on the conclusion of investigations in Portugal and London.
There is material that simply cannot be used while live police investigations are in progress.
So that's it. I hope you enjoy this first film, it's intended to set a foundation in which to build upon and is the start of an exciting, and nerve-wracking, journey. I'm excited by this and see great potential. It's time to get this wagon moving!
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