Indian Film Focus on Belfast

25 Sep 2012

Belfast is set to feature in a brand new Indian film called David, the first ever Indian film to be shot in Northern Ireland. Tourism Ireland assisted in bringing the crew to Belfast for the initial recce and filming took place earlier this month in the city.

Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have been part of the effort, together with Invest Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Film Screen, to bring Indian production company Getaway Films to Northern Ireland. Given that films have a considerable influence on Indian holidaymakers when choosing a destination, this new film, David, will be another fantastic opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to a massive audience of millions of people in India.”

Directed by award-winning Indian director Bejoy Nambiar and produced by Swapna David of Hobo Pictures Ltd, David is a black and white thriller that spans three decades, with the first part of the tale set in Belfast in the 1970s.

TV and film are recognised as strong influencers on prospective visitors and in recent years, Tourism Ireland has been liaising closely with Northern Ireland Screen to attract and facilitate film-making in Northern Ireland and to further exploit the marketing potential of TV and film productions locating here.


Discussing the merits of Belfast as a fantastic film location is Swapna David of Hobo Pictures Ltd, India, with Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

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Further media information:
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer Tourism Ireland
Tel: 028 7035 9260     Mob: 07766 527719

Notes to Editors:
•    Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
•    Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
•    In 2011, 1.5 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland (+4% on 2010), delivering revenue of £368 million.
•    Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2011, discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.

 

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