Award-winning, Belfast-born film-maker Marcus Robinson was in Northern Ireland last week, to create a short film highlighting Belfast and some of its attractions, including the Titanic Quarter.
Tourism Ireland invited Marcus to come and make the film about the city of his birth – highlighting in particular his strong connections with the port of Belfast, as his father was a naval architect for Harland and Wolff during the 1940s and worked in the historic Drawing Offices, where RMS Titanic was designed.
Marcus won a BAFTA earlier this year, for his film Rebuilding the World Trade Center
, which will have its US television premier on the History Channel, on 11 September. To celebrate Marcus’ success, a special event will take place in Tower 4 of the newly-built World Trade Center in New York, on 3 September. His Belfast film will be unveiled at the event – hosted by Tourism Ireland, the Northern Ireland Bureau and Invest NI – and will be seen by an influential American audience of some 400 corporate, media and tourism industry contacts. Marcus will also be officially presented with his BAFTA award, as he was unable to attend the awards ceremony in February.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said: “We are delighted Marcus has returned to the city of his birth, retracing his family history and creating a short film about Belfast and the Titanic Quarter. We are looking forward to unveiling the film in early September in New York and are confident that his personal take on Belfast will inspire many American travellers to come and discover the city, and the rest of Northern Ireland, for themselves.”
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 2013, almost 1.7 million overseas visitors visited Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £474 million.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is ireland.com, which is available in ten different language versions for 30+ markets around the world this year.