New Disney film Artemis Fowl shot along the north coast under the direction of Kenneth Brannagh, originally from NI


Disney’s newest film, Artemis Fowl, was partially shot along the north coast of Northern Ireland and will feature some of the country’s most beautiful scenery.The film, which airs exclusively on Disney + from Friday June 12, is based on the best-selling young adult book of the same name, Eion Colfer.

Artemis Fowl was partly filmed on location along the north coast of Northern Ireland for 2 weeks in the summer of 2018.

Supported by Northern Ireland Screen, the shooting took place at Whitetrocks Beach, Portrush and Dunluce Castle.

The film is directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, originally from Northern Ireland, who returned personally to shoot there.

Artemis Fowl follows the adventures of a 12-year-old genius who finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful hidden fairy race that may be behind his father’s disappearance.

The film stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw in the title role alongside Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench.

Speaking of his filming experience in Northern Ireland, Sir Kenneth Branagh said: “It was amazing to come to the North Coast region of Antrim with five separate units; an air unit, a marine unit, a car transport unit and the interim unit.

“We had a semi hurricane in the middle of Hurricane Hector which gave us wonderful weather, on each side we had fantastic sunshine, it was perfect for the film, four seasons in one day!

“We were in a filming environment in Northern Ireland which was super sophisticated, of course after seven seasons in Game of Thrones, and with everything else that was filmed in this part of the world. It meant it was a transparent operation and I’ve never been so welcome. ”

Rotha Johnston, President of Northern Ireland Screen, said: “We are delighted that our Honorary President, Sir Kenneth Branagh, has come home to film Artemis Fowl, further enhancing Northern Ireland’s reputation as World class location for film and television production.

Stretching from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle are the unique limestone cliffs of the White Rocks. These soft sedimentary rocks have been carved over the centuries into a labyrinth of caves and arches, magical headlands of distinct shapes emerge from the ocean with names like Shelagh’s Head, Giants Head, Wishing Arch, Elephant Rock and Lion’s Paw , all below. the road you take, huge cavernous caves, accessible only from the sea, are home to many seabirds and the falcon hunting ground. The caves are exceptional and one of the hidden treasures to be discovered along the coast.

“Artemis Fowl gives us so much pride in these strange times. It is comforting to think that, while many countries are still stuck due to the global pandemic, Disney + is bringing the beautiful north coast of Northern Ireland to homes of subscribers around the world. ”

Economy Minister Diane Dodds added: “In these difficult times, this is certainly great news, because once again our beautiful landscapes will be broadcast around the world in this magical film. There is a proven relationship between screen content and tourism with countries that are attracting the production of high-quality films and televisions benefiting from related tourism growth.

“With our tourism sector having suffered greatly during the current pandemic, this film helps to introduce us to an international audience and as a potential destination once international travel reopens. The announcement also highlights the value of the NI screen industries in their own words as important players on the world stage.

Artemis Fowl is streaming on Disney + from Friday June 12.


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