Principal photography has commenced in Ireland on writer/director Stephen Burke's debut feature film Happy Ever Afters. Leading cast includes Sally Hawkins, Tom Riley, Deirdre Molloy and Simon Delaney.
Happy Ever Afters is a screwball wedding comedy in which two couples, marrying for the wrong reasons, share the same hotel for their wedding receptions.
The film is a Newgrange Pictures production in co-production with the German company Tatfilm, financed by the Irish Film Board, Disney Ireland and the French salescompany Films Distribution.
The executive producer is Jane Doolan and director of photography is Jonathan Kovel. Aisling Byrne is the costume designer and John Hand is the production designer.
Lesley McKimm, producer from Newgrange Pictures said: 'Stephen and I are thrilled to be making Happy Ever Afters with such a great cast & crew.'
Irish Film Board CEO Simon Perry greeted the production start saying, 'The summer months are very busy for Irish film production and I'm delighted to say that Happy Ever Afters is one of six Irish films shooting in counties all over Ireland this Summer. Neil Jordan's Ondine will shoot in Cork, Triage filmed on location in Dublin, Savage is currently shooting in Dublin, and Cherrybomb is shooting in Belfast.'
Happy Ever Afters will shootat various locations in and around Dublin and Wicklow.
Ondine, directed by Neil Jordan will be shooting on location in Cork for seven weeks from July 21, produced by Octagon Films. Ondine will star Colin Farrell in the lead role.
Savage is the debut feature film of Brendan Muldowney who has directed a number of award winning short films including The Ten Steps which was released in Ireland with Wolf Creek. The film is a psychological thriller about obsession and revenge which stars Darren Healy and Nora Jane Noone in the lead roles. Production began June 30 with shooting taking place in and around Dublin city centre.
Cherrybomb is directed by Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'sa, and written by Daragh Carville. It began production on July 7, produced by Generator Entertainment, Greenpark Films and Octagon Films. A four-week shoot is scheduled in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The film stars Robbie Sheehan, Kimberly Nixon and Rupert Grint in the lead roles.
Triage is currently in post production having shot on location in Spain and Ireland forsix weeks in May and June. Triage is produced by Parallel Films and directed by Danis Tanovic. It stars Colin Farrell, Christopher Lee and Paz Vega.
Five Minutes of Heaven is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Guy Hibbert, and stars Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt. The film is produced by Element Films with finance from the IFB, Northern Ireland Screen, Pathe and the BBC and was filmed on location in Belfast for 4 weeks in June.