€6m Irish Movie To Shoot In November

There's news of a €6m movie being filmed in Ireland later this year.

It was revealed at the Cannes Film Festival by the Irish Film Board who said that Octagon Film's latest venture is to be called 'The Last Furlong'.

It will go into production in November with filming taking place in Dublin and Wicklow.

The project will be directed by Agnes Merlet, produced by James Flynn, and is scripted by Nick Murphy, who previously worked on a series of the Irish language television drama, The Running Mate.

The multi-million euro feature film was announced at a reception for the Irish film industry in Cannes to promote the best of new Irish cinema.

Another new Irish film, Lend Me Your Face, will begin production in Ireland this week with filming in Dublin and New York.

Funded by IFB, it is directed by Maurice Linnane, written by Barry Devlan, and stars Jayne Wiserner from Coleraine in Co Londonderry (who starred in 'Sweeney Todd'), Mark O'Halloran ('Adam and Paul') and Lee Arenberg ('Pirates of the Caribbean').

There was a strong connection to a successful Northern Ireland movie too, as the DJ, David Holmes - who did the music for Belfast-based 'Cherrybomb' - played a special performance for Cannes guests, including Aidan Gillan from US series 'The Wire' and even Robbie Sheehan, one of the Cherrybomb film's stars.

Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn, the husband and wife film-making team behind Cherrybomb's 'sold out, stand out' production that starred at this year's Belfast Film Festival were watching developments closely.

They are now working with local NI writers Glenn Patterson and Colin Carvery on a screenplay about the life of Terri Hooley, the man behind the emergence of Northern Ireland's own punk music revolution.

The new movie 'Good Vibrations' is currently in pre-production by much the same team as was behind 'Cherrybomb'.


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