COUNTY WICKLOW received a welcome boost last week with the news that some of a new feature film 'The Guard' will be shot in the county.
Speaking last Thursday, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Michael Cullen, said the new comedy thriller has started filming in Ireland.
'The Guard' which is a Reprisal Films and Element Pictures production stars Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.
Supported by the Irish Film Board the film is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and stars Gleeson as an unorthodox Irish policeman who joins forces with a straitlaced FBI agent played by Cheadle to take on an international drug smuggling gang.
The film started shooting on location last week in the West of Ireland and is expected to remain there for six weeks filming in Connemara, Spiddal and Barna before heading to the Garden County.
'The Guard' will also showcase the talents of Irish actors Liam Cunningham, Fionnuala Flanagan, David Wilmot and Pat Shortt.
Minister Cullen said he ' was 'delighted that 'The Guard' written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, is to film in Galway and Wicklow. The choice of both Wicklow and the west by Element Pictures and Reprisal Films demonstrates that Ireland remains an attractive and also a cost effective base for local and international film and television production. Ongoing indigenous and international features enable the Irish film industry to maintain jobs and build on the excellent international reputation that Irish crews have.'
The announcement that ' The Guard' is confirmed for production, follows on from the announcement earlier last month that the successful ITV drama 'Primeval' will film its fourth and fifth series on location here. The ITV drama has a budget of circa €15 million and will create over 70 crew jobs in the Irish film and television industry.