Sunday 19 November 2017

Gothic drama generates €33m for Irish economy

The set of 'Penny Dreadful' on Dame Lane just off Dame Street in Dublin. Picture: Steve Humphreys
The set of 'Penny Dreadful' on Dame Lane just off Dame Street in Dublin. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Eva Green filming scenes for ‘Penny Dreadful’ at the Harbour Bar
Hollywood actor Josh Hartnett filming the new Production "Penny Dreadful",in Dublin's Temple Bar
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Gothic drama 'Penny Dreadful' starring Hollywood actors Josh Hartnett and Eva Green has brought over €30m into the Irish economy during its six month shoot.

The series, which will complete production next week, was shot on location around Wicklow and Dublin and employed over 350 Irish cast and crew - including Emmy Award-winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh who directed two of the episodes.

Created by three time Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan, the series is set in Victorian England and sees literary figures such as Dr. Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray unite on screen.

Logan, who previously worked on 'Hugo' and 'Skyfall', said Ireland was the perfect place to film thanks to the country’s rich cultural heritage.

"Ireland has been a truly inspirational place to film Penny Dreadful," he said.  "Not only does it have deeply talented crews, but the city's unspoiled architecture perfectly captures London at the turn of the last century.

"Also the ghosts of Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde walk these streets, which is pretty inspirational for us too."

Minister Jimmy Deenihan joined 'James Bond' actor Timothy Dalton and Logan on set yesterday to show his appreciation and support of the series.

"Production activity in Ireland has increased by 42% since 2011 as a result of real growth in the number of major international TV drama productions being produced in Ireland," he said.

"'Penny Dreadful', a project worth €33 million to the Irish economy, is an excellent example of this.

"By improving the incentives for producing film and television in Ireland this Government is aiming to grow the sector even more.

'Doctor Who' actress Billie Piper, Broadway star Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway also star in the series.

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