Belfast Telegraph

Titanic Studios unveiled with hopes of luring film-makers

By David Elliott

The Northern Ireland film industry will be able to ham itself up to film-makers around the world with the opening of another 42,000 square feet of studio space.

Titanic Studios is designed to complement the existing 70,000 square foot paint hall building and follows an £8.3m investment, £3.4m of which was provided by Invest NI.

First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness opened two sound stages at the studios that will be marketed globally by Northern Ireland Screen, as it works to secure new international film and television projects.

"This £8m investment, supported by Invest NI, demonstrates a real confidence in our film and television sector, the First Minister said.

"Located in the heart of the Titanic Quarter, these new sound stages represent the very best in modern, purpose-built studio space," he added.

"Northern Ireland has successfully secured a significant number of film and television productions in recent years with productions such as Game of Thrones and Your Highness.

"These new Titanic Studios will greatly enhance Northern Ireland's ability to attract further large-scale screen productions and secure the associated benefit to the economy."

The ministers also unveiled plaques naming the stages after two Belfast-born film-makers.

The Hurst Stage is named after film director Brian Desmond Hurst and the MacQuitty Stage is named after film producer William MacQuitty.