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North west grabbing slice of the film action

By Bredan McDaid

The north west is fast becoming a film director’s dream as the latest movie set here hits cinemas today.

As talks take place between film companies and Donegal County Council about future movie projects that could be filmed in the region, Londonderry is also auditioning itself for the silver screen.

New spoof horror movie Grabbers was filmed on the Inishowen peninsula and hits cinema screens across Northern Ireland and the Republic today.

It was shot on location across the north Donegal peninsula in the freezing winter of late 2010 and early 2011.

The 100-strong cast and crew who set up home in the region during filming included English actor Richard Coyle and Derry actress Bronagh Gallagher.

The 15-rated film received rave reviews after being premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the US earlier this year. It has also picked up several awards at other festivals across the world.

The majority of the movie was filmed on location at Culdaff, the Five Fingers Strand, Moville and Greencastle in Inishowen.

Meanwhile, Derry council’s chief executive Sharon O’Connor said that Northern Ireland Film “is aware of the fantastic historic assets and streetscape” it (the city) has to offer.

Next year will see soap opera Hollyoaks being filmed in the city as part of the UK City of Culture events.

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