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Thousands of extras audition as fifth season of 'Vikings' set to begin filming next month
24 May 2016 | Thousands of extras turned up for auditions for Irish drama series ‘Vikings’ this week, as the show prepares to shoot an extended fifth season beginning next month. 
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Irish At Cannes: Ellen Page cast in Tilted Pictures and David Freyne’s ‘Third Wave’
16 May 2016 | More news from Cannes where Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page (‘Juno’) has been cast in Irish film ‘Third Wave’, directed by Irish filmmaker David Freyne and produced by Tilted Pictures. 
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Fastnet and DeFacto Films developing feature on former IRA member with Focus Features
11 May 2016 | In what is sure to be one of the more highly anticipated Irish films in the next few years, Fastnet Films and DeFacto Films are currently developing a feature with US powerhouse Focus Features about the life of former IRA convict and robber Sam Millar. 
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Five Knight Films currently developing Eoin Macken helmed ‘Here Are The Young Men’
11 May 2016 | Five Knight Films are currently developing the feature film ‘Here Are The Young Men’ with Eoin Macken slated to direct. 
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'The Young Offenders' September Release Confirmed
09 May 2016 | The new Irish comedy The Young Offenders, which will have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh this July, will be released in cinemas nationwide this coming September. 
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TG4 Honoured at Oireachtas na Gaeilge Media Awards
09 May 2016 | TG4 to be Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge Irish Language Media Awards 
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Irish co-pro ‘Return to Montauk’ begins shooting in New York
06 May 2016 | ‘Return to Montauk’, a film co-written by ‘Brooklyn’ author Colm Tóibín and co-produced by Conor Barry of Savage Productions, has begun principal photography in Long Island, New York. 
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Sixteen South’s ‘Claude’ acquired by Disney Junior EMEA
06 May 2016 | BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated Belfast-based studio Sixteen South has announced that Disney Junior Europe, Middle East, Africa & Australia/New Zealand has picked up its brand new animated series ‘Claude’ (52 x 11’) The series has just gone into production and is due to air in 2017. 
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Picture Lock for Mark O’Connor’s crime drama ‘Cardboard Gangsters’
06 May 2016 | Mark O’Connor’s highly anticipated crime drama ‘Cardboard Gangsters’ has been picture-locked and is now entering the post-production phase, IFTN has learned. 
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Irish horror ‘Midnight Man’ remade by ‘Dallas Buyers’ Club’ Producer
03 May 2016 | ‘Midnight Man’ is the first Irish feature film in 106 years of Irish cinema to get an American remake. The new version of the Irish horror will star icons of the genre, ‘Freddy Krueger’ actor Robert Englund (‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’) and Lin Shaye (‘Insidious’). 
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Steven Davenport Named as IFB Inward Production Manager
29 Apr 2016 | Steven will be responsible for the promotion of Ireland as a location for film and television production and will be the first port of call for local and international producers looking to film on location in Ireland. 
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Latest Northern Ireland New Talent Focus thriller begins filming
20 Apr 2016 | Filming has commenced in Northern Ireland of Six Mile Hill’s feature ‘Bad Day For The Cut’, a film developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus Scheme which previously brought Stephen Fingleton’s ‘The Survivalist’ and Michael Lennox’s ‘A Patch of Fog’. 
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Big Mountain bolsters production team with two new appointments
20 Apr 2016 | Big Mountain Productions has appointed Donna Higgins as head of production and Lucy Wedlock to the newly created position of series producer to support their upcoming slate of UK/US commissions. 
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Filming commences on new RTÉ2 comedy produced by Deadpan
18 Apr 2016 | Production has begun on a brand new six-part female-centred comedy-drama series, ‘Can't Cope, Won't Cope’. 
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Filming begins in Ireland of ‘Eastenders’ spin-off 'Redwater' with Fionnula Flanagan, Ian McElhinney attached
12 Apr 2016 | Filming is commencing this week on the six part drama series ‘Redwater’ in Ireland. The show is a spin-off of popular British soap ‘Eastenders’ featuring Kat and Alfie Moon (Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie). 
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MIPTV: Smithsonian channels greenlights doc series from Ireland’s Tile Films
07 Apr 2016 | News from MIPTV where the Smithsonian Channel has greenlit a 4K UHD documentary series on sacred places, to be produced by Ireland’s Tile Films, a producer of creative documentaries and specialist factual content. 
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Irish/Swedish prison film ‘MAZE’ set to begin four week Cork shoot
04 Apr 2016 | Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II, feature film ‘MAZE’ is set shoot over a four week period this month in the recently decommissioned Cork Prison, and around Cork City. 
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Irish director Lenny Abrahamson to direct adaptation of novel ‘The Grand Escape’
30 Mar 2016 | Yet another project in the pipeline for Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures as Neal Bascomb’s novel ‘The Grand Escape’ has been optioned by Film4 and Element. 
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Disney Channel series ‘The Lodge’ begins filming in Northern Ireland
24 Mar 2016 | ‘The Lodge’, a 10 x 22-minute teen-drama from the Disney Channel, has begun filming in Northern Ireland. 
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Lucasfilm and the Irish Film Board Confirm ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ to return to Ireland
18 Mar 2016 | In a joint statement released today, Lucasfilm and the Irish Film Board have confirmed that ‘Star Wars’ will return to Ireland to film this year. 
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