Ireland to court film production

Bows film commission; Brosnan, Sinead Cusack, execs to fill board

DUBLIN — Ireland, long the location for many American and British film shoots, is finally setting up its own film commission to promote the country’s attractions for international film and TV producers.

Actors Pierce Brosnan and Sinead Cusack, along with several local industry execs, have been appointed to the Screen Commission of Ireland, which will operate under the umbrella of the Irish Film Board.

The idea for a film commission was first proposed back in 1992, and another board was even appointed last year, but efforts stalled when the government failed to make any funds available.

Recent years have seen a filming boom in Ireland which the government is keen to sustain. More than 20 features rolled in 1997, led by Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” which shifted its location from Britain to the Emerald Isle because the Irish government was willing to loan its soldiers as extras.

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