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Castle Coole is the star of new Colin Farrell movie Miss Julie

By Joanne Fleming

One of our National Trust treasures is enjoying international exposure in a new Hollywood movie starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain.

Castle Coole in Co Fermanagh hits the big screen in the UK from next Friday as Miss Julie opens in cinemas, having already debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Recognised as one of Ireland's finest neo-classical houses, the stunning 18th century mansion with its wooded park proved perfect for the 1880s-set production.

Key landscape scenes were also filmed at Florence Court in Fermanagh with its dramatic backdrops of mountains and forests.

The movie is based on August Strindberg's play and adapted for screen by Liv Ullmann. Played out over one midsummer's night in Ireland, Miss Julie, the troubled daughter of the Count, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, attempts to seduce her father's ambitious valet John (Colin Farrell).

Located on the edge of Enniskillen, the home of the Earls of Belmore, designed by James Wyatt, was completed in 1798, having taken 10 years to build.

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