Prinicipal photography hasstarted in Belfast on Kings, an adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's play The Kings of the Kilburn High Road about a group of Irish emigrantswho reunite for the funeral of one of their friends.
Leading Irish actor ColmMeaney features in an ensemble cast along with Donal O'Kelly, Brendan Conroy,Donncha Crowley, Barry Barnes and Sean O Tarpaigh. Having emigratedto England in the late 1970s, withdreams of returning to Ireland rich and successful, onlyone of the group is eventually going home after many years - in a coffin.
Kings will be produced in Ireland and fully financed fromwithin the island of Ireland. Substantial funding hascome from the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, TG4,the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission and the Irish LanguageBroadcast Fund, a strong endorsement of Irish-language filmmaking in Ireland.
The film is adapted forthe screen by writer/director Tom Collins and produced by Jackie Larkin ofNewgrange Pictures with UK co-producer Michael Caseyof Green Park Films.
Kings will shoot for five weeks on location in and around Belfast, Dublin and London. The crew includes directorof photography P.J. Dillon, production designer David Craig, costume designerMaggie Donnelly and hair/make-up supervisor Pamela Smyth.