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We stick our necks out to win Dracula

Northern Ireland has beaten the Republic's film industry to the punch on a €70m (£58.9m) production of Dracula.

The film came north because of the "up-front" cash which was paid by the Northern Ireland Film Board.

Javier Bardem is to star in the latest movie version of Bram Stoker's classic horror character, with filming set to start within weeks.

Dublin's Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan lamented: "apparently we couldn't compete" with the Northern Ireland film board.

"They got money up front and the (Irish) Film Board just didn't have that money.

"I don't know (how much) but obviously it must have been fairly substantial when they decided not to come to Dublin."

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