Film and TV industry thrives despite pandemic

Northern Ireland’s film and television industry is thriving despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, with several new projects being produced in the region.

The national agency Northern Ireland Screen has called 2021 “another big year” for the region.

Northern Ireland continued to attract major US studios to film in the region, and Northern Ireland Screen praised the exceptional work of local actors, crew and creatives, BelfastLive reports.

Noting last year’s success, Northern Ireland Screen Managing Director Richard Williams said: “A variety of content that we have supported has been selected for some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, won great awards. coveted in the industry and set social media alight.

“We aired two of the biggest TV shows of the year: ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘Bloodlands’. There was a great sense of excitement as a multitude of A-List stars were spotted across the country as they filmed at various locations. “

Williams has confirmed that filming for the second season of “Bloodlands” will begin early this year.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast”, the upcoming Viking saga “The Northmen” and the final season of “Derry Girls” are already slated for 2022.

Williams said: “It was a privilege to co-host the Irish premiere of Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ in Belfast, with the Belfast Film Festival.

“With the film already topping the Golden Globes and hotly anticipated for the Oscars, 2022 is sure to get off to a good start.”

Branagh’s’ Belfast ‘, which premiered in the city of Belfast in November, was nominated for seven Golden Globes and 11 Critics’ Choice Awards. The film hits theaters on January 21.

Williams added, “The North Coast will play a starring role in Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ when it hits theaters in April.”

“The Northman,” which was filmed at Belfast Harbor Studios in late 2020, will hit theaters in April 2022.

The final season of the hit series “Derry Girls” will also air this year.

Williams said: “On the small screen, Erin, Claire, Michelle, Orla and the little Englishman will be returning to our screens in what will no doubt be a touching farewell to Lisa McGee’s ‘Derry Girls’.”

Netflix and Paramount are among the latest US studios to bring projects to Northern Ireland, reports The Daily Mail.

Last year Belfast Harbor Studios hosted the Netflix fantasy film “The School of Good and Evil”, directed by Paul Feig starring Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron and Laurence Fishburne.

Titanic Studios was occupied by Paramount Pictures “Dungeons and Dragons”, written and directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley and starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant and Regé-Jean Page.

“The School of Good and Evil” is slated for release on Netflix next year, while “Dungeons and Dragons” is slated for release in March 2023.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, other productions made in Northern Ireland and broadcast over the past year include the crime drama “Marcella”, starring Anna Friel; the comedy series “Frank of Ireland”, with Brian and Domhall Gleeson; the WWII drama “The Windermere Children”; Channel 5’s new crime drama “Hope Street”, “Dalgliesh”; first feature film “Wildfire; And “Three Families”, about the campaign to change abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

Independent filmmakers also made their mark in Northern Ireland this year, with the crime film “Black Medicine”, the horror comedy “Boys From County Hell” and the family drama “Nowhere Special”.