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30 Apr 2021

Behind-the-scenes film of Wild Mountain Thyme showcases Ireland

~ Tourism Ireland unveils behind-the-scenes film for new film Wild Mountain Thyme ~

The beautiful scenery of Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way is wowing viewers across Great Britain – in the romantic comedy Wild Mountain Thyme, which is being launched today (30 April) by Lionsgate, on all major premium video-on-demand retailers in Great Britain.

To celebrate the film’s connections with Ireland, Tourism Ireland worked with the Irish co-producers, Port Pictures, to create a short behind-the-scenes film – in which writer-director John Patrick Shanley and actors Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt, Christopher Walken and Jon Hamm describe and praise the special locations chosen for filming.

To view the behind-the-scenes film, click here. To coincide with the release of Wild Mountain Thyme, the behind-the-scenes film is being shared with Tourism Ireland’s fans and followers on social platforms in Great Britain. Tourism Ireland aims to highlight our stunning scenery, reminding people that the film was shot on location here.

Filming took place here in 2019 in Mayo – at various locations, including Hiney's of Crossmolina, The Thatch Inn in Crossmolina and Mount Falcon Estate in Ballina. The film also features Nephin Mountain and some of the spectacular scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are grateful to Port Pictures for their generosity in agreeing to make this behind-the-scenes film with us and for the opportunity to collaborate with Lionsgate on the release of Wild Mountain Thyme in Great Britain. The film will bring the magnificent scenery of Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way to the attention of viewers across Britain, helping to keep the beauty of Ireland to the fore and inspiring people for their future visit.”

In the video, Emily Blunt praises Ireland, saying: “You just feel completely transported. You are in this other world. It’s a fairy tale – there’s something magical about it.”

Jon Hamm adds: “When you get an opportunity to film over here in Ireland, it’s once in a lifetime.”


Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • In 2019, we welcomed almost 11.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of over €5.8 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 33 market sites available in 30 different countries in 11 language versions around the world.