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Sunday 24 May 2015

Dramatic finish to Belfast's Killing Bono movie

Killing time: Ben Barnes, star of Killing Bono, on set last night in Belfast's Library Street as shooting of the rock comedy draws to an end
around the city centre
Killing time: Ben Barnes, star of Killing Bono, on set last night in Belfast's Library Street as shooting of the rock comedy draws to an end around the city centre
Caitlin McCormack, who works in Frames Bar, looks at the poster for Killing Bono
Lead singer Bono in Croke Park, Dublin on the first night of U2's '360' world tour.
Spectators with umbrellas wait for the beginning of a concert of the band U2 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
From left, The Edge, BB King and Bono are seen on stage at "The Blues & Jazz" Gala Concert at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Mainz)
Claw -- the circular stage in Camp Nou, Barcelona
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona
The Edge of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
L-R The Edge, Larry Mullen, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Adam Clayton of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Fans of U2 prepare for the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Fans of U2 watch them perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Ba2rcelona, Spain
Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou
Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
U2 open their world tour in Barcelona
Steve and Marla Lawrenz at a U2 concert in Hawaii, 2006
U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France
Bono and the Edge, during the first night of their 360 degree tour in Barcelona
Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park
Brazilian U2 fans: Camila Ferreira, Carol Haddan, Josianne Moser and Gabriela Moresco before the U2 360 concert in Croke Park, Dublin.
Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin
U2 play at Croke Park in Dublin
Fan Lisa McCrink from Newry
Adam Clayton of U2 performs live at Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.
Bono looks out at the fans in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.
The Edge performs live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.
Drummer Larry Mullen gives a smile to the camera as U2 perform live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.
Bono gets the crowd going in Croke Park, Dublin
A sold out crowd packs into Croke Park, Dublin to watch U2 perform the first of three concerts.
Northern Irish fans Catherine & Hugh O'Mullan from Ballymena who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.
Omagh man James Higgins with his dutch girlfriend Mirjam Verdonk who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.
Omagh girls Siobhan O'Neill, Laura Rodgers and Eimear McCollum, who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.
Kilrea man Dermot Hegarty with girlfriend Asling McGill from Londonderry, who travelled down to see Irish super group U2 perform live at Croke Park, Dublin for the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.
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The sounds of car crashing and classic U2 tunes reverberated around Belfast city centre last night — as the final scenes of the movie Killing Bono were shot in Belfast.

With Joshua Tree LP adverts, retro wear and vintage cars, Royal Avenue, Library Street and Little Donegall Street were made over to look like 1980s Dublin.

During almost six hours of filming, the Belfast crew captured what one insider described as “the biggest scene in the film”.

Filming of the story, set around the formative school years of the Dublin supergroup, whose hits include I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, has been taking place across Belfast for weeks.

It tells the story from the point of view of the less successful rival band which a classmate of Bono’s, Neil McCormick and his brother, set up in the late 1970s.

At around 11pm last night the film's main character McCormick, played by Ben Barnes, was filmed racing to the Frames Complex in search of Bono.

Unfortunately he doesn't make it, instead smashing into a parked car outside the venue.

Location manager Andrew Wilson described last night's filming as “action-packed”.

He said: “These scenes make up the penultimate scenes of the film.

“They are crucial to the overall theme and are very exciting. We are, as you can see, taking over much of Royal Avenue.”

The Bono character was sadly nowhere to be seen, but that didn't discourage onlookers who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the actors.

Described as a low budget film, Killing Bono is the latest in an increasingly long line of film productions to hit the streets of the Belfast.

Mr Wilson described the film industry here as “booming”.

He said: “Northern Ireland is popular because crews can be within pretty much anywhere within an hour. That means they can move from a city to the country in that short space of time.

“When time is money — as it is within the film industry — that becomes hugely important. Film crews can fly into Belfast and be on the Antrim Coast in under an hour. There is a huge amount of money to be made in the industry here — thankfully the Northern Ireland film industry has never been stronger.”

Killing Bono wraps on Saturday morning and its expected release date is later in the summer.

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