11th Annual Belfast Film Festival plays host to global premiere of The Shore

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The 11th Belfast Film Festival recently played host to the global premiere of the latest Terry George move, The Shore. The red carpet event was a sell out, with stars flying in for the occasion including Ciaran Hinds and Foy Vance.

The 11th Belfast Film Festival recently played host to the global premiere of the latest Terry George move, The Shore. The red carpet event was a sell out, with stars flying in for the occasion including Ciaran Hinds and Foy Vance.

George is no stranger to Northern Ireland and the fact that the Belfast Film Festival has been chosen for the movie’s global premiere adds further weight to an already packed and heavy-hitting Festival programme.

Shot on location in Coney Island, County Down, and featuring the Northern Ireland-born giant of stage and screen, Ciaran Hinds, the 30 minute feature tells the story of the return to Ireland of Jim Mahon, who has been living in self-imposed exile in America for the last quarter of a century. Bringing his daughter Patricia on her first visit to his hometown proves to be an emotional rollercoaster with basic human emotions on display in this wrenching drama.

The Shore was produced with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, Tourism Ireland and Lough Shore Investments. Commenting on the premiere, Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen said: “It is great to welcome industry heavyweights Terry George and Ciarán Hinds home for the premiere of The Shore. Northern Ireland Screen is always keen to be involved with fantastic indigenous projects such as this. Local stories featuring a wealth of local talent both in front of and behind the cameras help us maintain our commitment to develop a dynamic and vibrant screen industry in Northern Ireland.”

Another funder, without whom the movie couldn’t have been possible, was Tourism Ireland. Speaking on their behalf Aubrey Irwin said: “Tourism Ireland works with film and TV producers all over the world to maximise promotional opportunities for Northern Ireland and to ensure the character of our landscapes is highlighted and conveyed globally. It has been a special pleasure to work with 'one of our own' who so well understands our natural heritage, our sense of fun and the special atmosphere that our unique brand of sunshine gives to films. People will see this film and feel they want to be in that place.”

Speaking on behalf of Lough Shore Investments, Danny Moore, who is also an executive producer of The Shore, said: “To many this might seem like a slight departure for Lough Shore Investments, we see it very differently. For us, The Shore offered a very unique means through which we can showcase Northern Ireland abroad, both as a place to do business, film or otherwise, and as a fantastic tourist destination.

“The very fact that an Oscar-nominated director had such a strong desire to film in Northern Ireland should tell us all we need to know about the talent to be had here. We hope Terry George is but the first of many noteworthy directors to look to Northern Ireland for the location of their next film.”

Terry George, director of The Shore, paid tribute to all who had supported the development of the film: “There can be no doubt that the support we have received from Northern Ireland Screen, Tourism Ireland and Lough Shore Investments marks a significant step forward for the actual business of film-making here in Northern Ireland. We hope it will help focus local business and government to the future economic benefits of developing the Northern Irish TV and film industry. It’s an exciting time.”