Tuesday 27 September 2016

Game of Thrones could suffer from Britain's decision to leave EU

Published 24/06/2016 | 10:04

Ramsay Bolton played by Iwan Rheon on Game of Thrones
Ramsay Bolton played by Iwan Rheon on Game of Thrones
A scene from Game of Thrones 'Battle of the Bastards'
Jon Snow played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones

Britain's decision to leave the European Union could impact on the production of Game of Thrones, which is filmed in Northern Ireland.

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That's because when the UK leaves the EU, it will take Northern Ireland - one of the show's principal filming locations - with it.

The European Regional Fund provides significant funding to the cost of filming the smash HBO series on location in Europe.

Those locations include Spain, Croatia and Malta, in addition to Northern Ireland, where scenes from the Wall, Winterfell and other parts of the North are shot - including last week's epic Battle of the Bastards.

A scene from Game of Thrones 'Battle of the Bastards'
A scene from Game of Thrones 'Battle of the Bastards'

As a result of Brexit, filmmakers might not be eligible to draw from that fund and some of the cash used to bring big-budget productions to Northern Ireland could disappear.

It could prove difficult to bring epic battle scenes to the screen on a smaller budget, while filming scenes from the North (of Westeros) outside of Northern Ireland would give rise to continuity issues.

Jon Snow played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
Jon Snow played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones

Titanic Studios in Belfast is the main production base for Game of Thrones. Last year, the North's film board, Northern Ireland Screen, said that Game of Thrones had contributed over €140m to the local economy since 2010.

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