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Irish production goes into overdrive

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It’s going to be a busy end to 2010 for the Irish film industry with five projects in production. Together, these films will contribute €9.5 million to the Irish economy.

Oscar nominated actress Glenn Close leads the cast of Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs that also stars Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and British actress Janet McTeer. Written by Close and John Banville (The Sea), the film is about a woman pretending to be a man in order to survive in conservative 19th century Ireland. The US/Ireland coproduction begins shooting in Ireland on December 13. Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Ireland’s Alan Moloney (Intermission) are producing with funding from the Irish Film Board (IFB).

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As previously reported, Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s Stella Days is currently in production until December 7. Alan Brennan’s debut feature Earthbound, a comedy about an alien who wants to settle down like a human, is currently in production in Dublin and Wicklow. Ripple World and Paper Dreams are producing with IFB funding.

Ciaran Foy’s debut feature Citadel, starring Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad) and James Cosmo (The Runway [+see also:
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) will soon begin filming at Scottish and Irish locations. The film deals with agoraphobia. Ireland’s Blinder Films and Scotland’s Sigma Films are producing with IFB and Creative Scotland funding.

Lastly, comic horror film Grabbers, by Jon Wright (Tormented), starring Richard Coyle (Franklyn [+see also:
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) and Ruth Bradley (I Am You) will begin shooting in late November on location in Donegal and in Northern Ireland. The film is a co-production between Samson Films (Once [+see also:
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) and Forward Films (Tormented), with funding from the IFB, the UK Film Council, High Treason and Sony UK. International sales are handled by Salt

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