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SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Spanish actor Javier Bardem attends "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" photocall at the Kursaal Palace during the San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 18, 2008 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Spanish actor Javier Bardem attends "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" photocall at the Kursaal Palace during the San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 18, 2008 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Spanish actor Javier Bardem attends "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" photocall at the Kursaal Palace during the San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 18, 2008 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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."

Belfast Telegraph


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