Dame Judi Dench spotted filming new movie in Rostrevor

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
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Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that South Down is making a name for itself as a film location after finding out Dame Judi Dench is filming her latest movie in Rostrevor.

Dame Judi Dench filming in Rostrevor. (Photo courtesy of Karen Williamson)

The movie, called ‘Philomena’, is based on a book written by Martin Sixsmith, a former BBC TV foreign correspondent and government communications director. According to the Washington Post, the film is based on a true story and tells the tale of an unmarried Irish woman who gives birth to a son, Anthony, in 1952. According to Martin Sixsmith, who wrote the book the movie is based on, Catholic nuns “whisked away” the baby and sold it to an American couple. Philomena spent decades trying to find the son, who was renamed Michael Hess and served as chief legal counsel to former president George H.W. Bush. Speaking to Newry Times about the buzz around Rostrevor, Mr. Hazzard said, “Having someone as famous as Dame Judi Dench film in South Down will undoubtedly add to the growing reputation that it is gathering as a place to make films. “Like all industries people within the film world talk to each other and I am sure given the success of Game of Thrones and The Shore that people involved in those productions would have recommended South Down as a great location.”

The movie crew set up shop in Rostrevor. (Photo courtesy of Martin McGinn Fuels)

He added, “South Down has a wide range of scenery within a relative small area from mountains to beaches, from forests to meadows and from ancient castles to modern towns so it is ideal for most type of filming. Councillor Mick Murphy added, “The film industry gives the local economy a boost when it arrives in the area as they bring the cast and production crews who spend money in the local shops, restaurants and bars. There is also sometimes the added bonus for paid extras usually taken up by the local population so every production is more than welcome. “It is also wonderful in the fact that when aired South Down can be seen by millions, many of whom will hopefully also decide to come and visit us.”
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