NI TV and Film Locations
Northern Ireland has long been an inspiration for local writers and playwrights such as C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia) and Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack).
More recently, it has also been the go-to location for film and TV executives looking for the ideal location for the new productions.
Northern Ireland offers an unrivalled variety of landscape and setting, all within a compact and easily accessible area - hence its popularity with film-makers and crews.
Game of Thrones (2011 – Present) - An epic fantasy television series created for HBO. This production is an adaptation of George R R Martins's series of fantasy novels, and is filmed at the Paint Hall Film Studios in Belfast as well as a number of locations around Northern Ireland including Tollymore Forest Park and Castle Ward Estate.
Blandings(2013 – 2014) - The series is based on author PG Wodehouse's hilarious accounts of the life and times of Lord Emsworth of Blanding Castle. It was filmed at Crom Castle, Co. Fermanagh and stars well-known actors such as Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders, David Walliams and Mark Williams, just to name a few.
Keith Lemon - The Film (2012) - A feature film starring Celebrity Juice host and comedian Keith Lemon and Austin Power’s star Verne Troyer was shot in various locations around Belfast, including Linenhall Street, Titanic Drawing Offices, House of Fraser (Victoria Square), The Waterfront Hall,W5 at Odyssey, The Merchant Hotel, Bedford Street, Linen House Hostel, Old Northern Bank on Waring Street, BBC Blackstaff Studios, Café Vaudeville, Donegal Square North.
The Shore - Short Film (2012) - This Oscar winning film (best live action short) is the story of friendship and reconciliation starring Ciarán Hinds and Conleth Hill as childhood friends Joe and Paddy. The film has won Best Live Action Short Film at the 2012 Oscars. Written and directed by Belfast local Terry George, and produced by his daughter Oorlagh, the film was shot entirely in Killough Co Down.Dani's Castle (2013– 2014) -
This CBBC television production was filmed on location at historic Killyleagh Castle
in County Down. Series 3 has been commissioned to be filmed in County Down in 2015.
Good Vibrations (2012) - This film is based on the story of Terri Hooley, who owned record store Good Vibrations, and championed the emerging Belfast punk scene in the 1970's. Terri started a small record label, and is famous for discovering and launching famous Derry band The Undertones.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2012) - The BBC’s drama department's modern-day take on the 1839 novel was filmed at various locations across Northern Ireland including Belfast City Hall, and Brownlow House. The production, supported by Northern Ireland Screen, features local names such as Adrian Dunbar, Bronagh Gallagher, Jayne Wisener and Andrew Simpson among its cast.
The Fall (2013 – Present) - A BBC2 thriller currently in production in Belfast, stars former ‘X Files’ actress Gillian Anderson, as well as Irish actor Gerard McCarthy of Hollyoaks fame. The psychological thriller follows a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around the city of Belfast. The second series is due for air in late 2014.
Privates (2012) - This BBC1 drama is the story of the last intake of conscripts for National Service in 1960; eight young men undertake basic training at a windswept camp in Yorkshire, as the end of the era of deference meets the world of rock n' roll. The cast which includes Patrick Baladi (The Office; Mistresses) as Captain Gulliver: Marc Silcock (Hollyoaks, Emmerdale) as Corporal Jimmy Hobbs: and Jack Fox (Fresh Meat) as Private White-Bowne filmed on location in Northern Ireland The Wipers Times (2013)
at Ballykinler Army Base, Tyrella Beach and South Promenade, Newcastle.
- Filmed on location at Ballywalter Park Estate
, Co Down, Belfast City Hall
and the Co. Down Railway Museum
. Starring Ben Chaplin, Michael Pain and Emilia Fox amongst its cast members, the film tells the true story of how one man turned the horrors of war into a black comedy.