Irish Minister talks up industry on Sing Street sets
by Naman Ramachandran
- Humphreys discusses further enhancements to Section 481
Irish Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys visited the set of the Irish film production Sing Street [+see also:
film profile] directed by Once [+see also:
film profile] director John Carney and starring newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, alongside Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Jack Reynor (read the news). Supported by the Irish Film Board, Sing Street tells the story of a fourteen year old who finds life at home difficult and decides to form a band with schoolmates, with whom he writes songs and shoots videos.
Speaking on set Humphreys said, “The Irish film and television industry has continued to grow significantly and has experienced record levels of production activity over the last few years. I'm delighted to see a strong number of exciting Irish feature films currently in production and it was a pleasure to experience first-hand the creative Irish work and expertise being invested in Sing Street. I was delighted to get a firm commitment from the Minister for Finance in the Budget look at other measures to boost the film and TV production sector here, which supports up to 6,000 jobs. Further enhancements to the Section 481 tax relief scheme will contribute to growth and employment opportunities for Irish cast and crew in these creative industries, as well as helping to attract major international productions to Ireland."
Other Irish films currently in production with support from the Irish Film Board include Mammal [+see also:
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