Belfast Telegraph

Friday 30 January 2015

Belfast's Cathedral Quarter to fore for film-makers

It's proving a popular part of Belfast with film-makers and is no stranger to A-list stars.

Following on from Christopher And His Kind and Killing Bono, the Cathedral Quarter is now playing host to low budget film The Good Man, starring Aidan Gillen of The Wire fame.

The Dublin actor was spotted filming scenes outside The Cloth Ear in Waring Street on Thursday night.

One onlooker said: "It's great to see the big stars back filming in the city centre.

"There is a lot of atmosphere in the streets around the Cathedral Quarter and Aidan seems like a lovely bloke."

The movie, part funded by Northern Ireland Screen, is being made by local company Manifesto Films.

Filmed on location in Belfast and South Africa, the plot of The Good Man weaves together the two interconnecting stories of Michael, an up-and-coming Belfast banker wracked with guilt after causing a stranger's death in an accident, and Sifiso, a young South African man growing up in the townships.

The two men live their lives worlds apart but both men find themselves faced with the same question - how to be good. When their lives collide, their impact on one another's lives is far greater than either could have imagined.

Gillen has filmed before in Belfast, playing the role of Petyr Baelish in the HBO fantasy series Game Of Thrones.

The Good Man is produced by Susan Picken, director of Queen's Film Theatre (QFT) in Belfast. It is written and directed by Phil Harrison whose recent short, Even Gods, won the Best Irish Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Irish Short Film at the Cork Film Festival last November.

The cast also includes Kelly Campbell, Lalor Roddy and Jonathan Harden.

The Cathedral Quarter has provided the backdrop for a number of TV dramas and movies including BBC drama Christopher And His Kind, starring Dr Who's Matt Smith and Killing Bono, starring the late Pete Postlethwaite.

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