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Busy time ahead for Irish film and TV

Monday, April 15 09:45:12

The coming months are set to be busy for the Irish film and television industry as Vikings, produced by World 2000/Octagon Films for History will return to Ireland to film a second season in Wicklow and Dublin.

Miss Julie, co-funded by the IFB, and starring Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths; Crazy Heart; In Bruges), has also begun principal photography on location in Co. Fermanagh.

"We welcome the return of Vikings to Ashford film studios, and Colin Farrell return to Ireland for the making of Miss Julie. With Irish Film Board support, world class film and television continues to be made in Ireland, driving inward investment, creating jobs, and promoting a positive image of Ireland abroad," said Mr. Naoise Barry, Film Commissioner BSA/IFB.

Created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth), Vikings is the first scripted series for History and is an international co-production between Ireland and Canada. The series was developed and produced by Irish producers Morgan O'Sullivan and James Flynn's company Octagon Films, with MGM Television bringing the series to a global audience as it serves as the international distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.

Some 8.3 million total viewers watched the series premiere when it was broadcast on History in the US on March 3, making it the number one new cable series launch of the year.

The first series contributed approximately E20 million to the Irish economy in terms of spend on local goods and services.

With episodes in the first season directed by Irish director Ciarn Donnelly (The Tudors, Titanic: Blood and Steel), Johan Renck (Breaking Bad) and Ken Girotti (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), the series starred Irish Golden Globe Award winning actor Gabriel Byrne and filmed on location in Ashford Studios in Wicklow for 18 weeks last summer. Miss Julie is directed by Liv Ullman and produced by Teun Hilte and Oliver Dungey of The Apocalypse Films Company, Synnve Hrsdal of Maipo Film, and co-produced by Rita Dagher of Senorita Films and Irish producers Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O'Sullivan for Subotica.

It is the latest film adaptation based on the play of the same name by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.

Miss Julie received funding from Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen fund. It also stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty; Lawless; The Help), Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths; Crazy Heart; In Bruges), and Samantha Morton (Cosmopolis; John Carter; Elizabeth: The Golden Age). All of the post-production on the feature film will be carried out in Windmill Lane, Dublin.