Oct 16 2012 – What’s Shooting in Q4 2012
The last quarter of 2012 is set to be a busy one with numerous productions supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) currently shooting or set to start across the country with well known Irish and international acting talent such as Michael Fassbender, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson, Ciaran Hinds and Charlotte Rampling.
Principal photography is underway on John Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to the hugely successful The Guard CALVARY; the screen adaptation of John Banville’s Man Booker Prize winning novel THE SEA; the first Irish-Russian co-production MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS and the major US TV series VIKINGS. While Lenny Abrahamson’s FRANK starring Michael Fassbender; Cartoon Saloon’s animated feature film SONG OF THE SEA; the Irish-Norwegian-Swedish co-production A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT and the BBC TV drama QUIRKE are all set to go into production before the end of the year.
CALVARY directed by John Michael McDonagh is currently filming in Dublin having moved production from Sligo. The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a Sligo priest who is tormented by his parishioners after he is threatened during a confession. The stellar Irish cast also includes Dylan Moran, Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt and Chris O’Dowd.
Stephen Brown’s directorial debut THE SEA stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Munich), Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia, The Duchess), Natascha McElhone (Californication, The Truman Show), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), and Sinead Cusack (V for Vendetta). The screen adaptation of John Banville’s critically acclaimed Man Booker Prize winning novel is currently shooting in Wexford with post production scheduled to take place in Windmill Lane.
The first Irish-Russian co-production MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS is written and directed by Johnny O’Reilly (The Weather Station). The multi-narrative drama set in contemporary Moscow is currently shooting in Moscow with post production set for Ireland.
Morgan O’Sullivan’s €30m History Channel series VIKINGS is currently in the middle of an 18 week shoot at Ashford studios in Co. Wicklow with Gabriel Byrne and Travis Fimmel among the lead cast. The nine-part series was created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Camelot).
Following the critically acclaimed What Richard Did which was released in Irish cinemas this month, Lenny Abrahamson’s next project FRANK is due to start pre-production before the end of the year. Starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson, the film is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender).
Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) will star in Irish co-production A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT which will shoot for five weeks in Dublin later this month followed by two weeks in Morocco. The French actress plays the lead role of Rebekka, a war photographer torn between the job and her family.
Cartoon Saloon’s animated feature film SONG OF THE SEA will be directed by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) who co-wrote it with Will Collins (My Brothers). It tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. Ben and Saoirse sent to live with Granny in the city following their mother’s disappearance. Their attempts to get back home lead them through a world of fairytale lands from their mother’s folklore tales. The film will be distributed in Ireland and the UK by Optimum Releasing next year.
Based on the books by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville), QUIRKE is a new series for BBC ONE adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson and starring Gabriel Byrne in the title role. Quirke (we never get to know his Christian name) is the chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue – a charismatic loner whose job takes him into unexpected places as he uncovers the secrets of sudden death in 1950s Dublin.
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