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Adaptation: Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Adaptation: Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Adaptation: Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Element Pictures' production of Sally Rooney's 'Normal People' was one of the big winners in movie tax reliefs granted by Revenue Commissioners last year.

Figures released by Revenue show that Element secured Section 481 tax relief of between €2m and €5m for the TV adaptation of the international best seller.

The much anticipated 12-part drama based on the Co Mayo native's second novel is due to be screened on BBC and Hulu later this year.

Other beneficiaries of the scheme include Brown Bag Films which secured tax credits of between €2m and €5m for both its Vampirina production and for the latest series of Doc McStuffins.

The largest tax credit - between €5m and €10m - was made to Four Provinces Films for the recently released 'The Rhythm Section'.

Starring Blake Lively, Jude Law and Sterling K Brown, the spy movie was shot in Dublin last year. Production was halted temporarily after Ms Lively suffered a hand injury.

Dublin-based company Boulder Media was prolific last year in securing tax credits for various productions.

The figures show that the company secured tax credits of between €2m and €5m for ‘Rescue Bots’ and the business obtained the same range of tax credits for its ‘Micronauts’ production.

The company also secured tax credits of between €1m and €2m for the ‘Littlest Pet Shop’ and between €500,000 and €1m for a ‘Dangermouse’ season.

The production company behind international hit ‘The Young Offenders’, Vico Picture and Sound Ltd, was granted credits of between €1m and €2m.

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Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in Normal People

Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in Normal People

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Apart from its ‘Normal People’ production, Ed Guiney’s Element Pictures was also successful in securing tax credits of between €500,000 and €1m for the Oscar-winning ‘The Favourite’; between €500,000 and €1m for ‘Herself’; and the same level of tax credits for ‘The Little Stranger’.

Galway-based company Telegael Teoranta was also successful in securing tax credits for a number of productions.

The company secured tax credits of between €1m and €2m for ‘Dee Dee the Apprentice Sorceress’; tax credits of between €500,000 and €1m for ‘Berry Bees’; and the same range of credits for ‘Yoyo’ season two.

The figures show that Shinawil Ltd secured tax credits of €1m and €2m for ‘Miss Scarlett and The Duke’.

The Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon Ltd received tax credits of €1m to €2m for its ‘Wolfwalkers’ series.


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