Principal photography of coming of age comedy Wide Open Spaces has started in Ireland.

The film was written by Arthur Mathews, co-writer of TV series Father Ted, is directed by Tom Hall and shot by Tim Fleming (Once).

The film is a co-production between Irish company Grand Pictures (Spin the Bottle) and Scottish company Mead Kerr (Night People).

Wide Open Spaces stars Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted) and Owen Roe (Intermission).

Funding has come from Bord Scannain na hEireann/The Irish Film Board, Scottish Screen, RTE and BBC Scotland. Entertainment One are handling world sales.

It is the first of three projects that Scottish Screen and the Irish Film Board have jointly committed to invest in. The other projects will shoot in Scotland.

Wide Open Spaces is a belated coming of age comedy set in a remote part of Ireland. It tells the story of two slackers working to pay off a debt by helping to build a Famine Theme Park for a dodgy local entrepreneur.

Paul Donovan of Grand Pictures said 'This is a very funny script with great comic talent attached. We believe Wide Open Spaces will make audiences laugh out loud at the absurdity of all our lives.'