SOME of the biggest names in the Irish movie industry, including Fingal's very own Brendan Gleeson, will be arriving in Rush when production of the €6m film ' Calvary' moves onto location in the Fingal town within days.
Work on the set on the green in the seaside town has already started for the latest offering from John Michael McDonagh, best known as the writer- director of the acclaimed film ' The Guard', which captured an extraordinary performance from Gleeson. Filming has already begun in Sligo and production will move to Rush during the middle of the month when the temporary church that is under construction on the green beside the harbour will be burnt down as part of the filming. Gleeson, who lives in Malahide and is married to a Rush woman, Mary Weldon, will play Fr. James Lavelle, the flipside to Brendan Gleeson's character, Sgt. Gerry Boyle in The Guard. Fr Lavelle, is a man intent on making the world a better place, he is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town. One day, his life is threatened during confession, and the forces of darkness begin to close in around him. Speaking to the Fingal Independent Anne McNamara, chairperson of Rush Community Council, expressed her delight that the town had been chosen as the location for the new movie, which is expected to be released next year. Rush was chosen because the producers wanted a west of Ireland feel, with a stony wall and sea-facing. Ms. McNamara said there would also be some community gain as a result of the filming with the producer set to carry out remedial work on the park after filming is completed. She also praised Fingal County Council for their assistance in facilitating the filming of the new movies. She added that a crew from a completely separate production company had also been in Rush, scouting the area for a possible role in a different production. 'We were delighted that Rush had been chosen. It is a fantastic opportunity for a piece of PR for Rush. The chamber of commerce, which is a sub-committee of the community council, are also thrilled as hopefully it will help local coffee shops and local businesses. Anything we can do to help, we will.' Speaking about film, McDonagh said 'It is with great excitement, that I am looking forward to collaborating once more with Ireland's greatest actor, Brendan Gleeson, and working with the finest ensemble cast ever assembled in the history of Irish cinema. 'I would like to thank the Irish Film Board, and the BFI, for their continuing support for filmmaking that seeks to escape from the tiresome, rarefied confines of Dublin 4. Up the West!' The film, which is being cofinanced by Irish film Board and BFI film fund, is set for release in 2013.