Monday 10 December 2018

Tax relief for new Mel Gibson movie despite legal row

Mel Gibson. Photo: John Dardis
Mel Gibson. Photo: John Dardis

Gordon Deegan

The Mel Gibson movie, 'The Professor and the Madman', currently ensnared in a legal row, has availed of tax reliefs from the Irish State of between €5m and €10m.

The movie - which also stars Sean Penn - was shot around Dublin in 2016 - and new figures provided by the Revenue Commissioners show that the movie was one of 74 movie and TV productions to receive tax reliefs in 2017.

The Mel Gibson movie - which also stars Steve Coogan - has yet to be given a release date here and it focuses on the making of the first Oxford English dictionary.

The biggest winners in the tax reliefs was series five of Vikings, which has received €10m to €30m in tax reliefs. The latest Star Wars movie - The Last Jedi - availed of between €2m to €5m in tax reliefs but the reliefs are only loose change compared to the $1.3bn taken by the blockbuster at the box office to date.

The production crew for the film shot scenes involving Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker character at Skellig Michael in 2015, while parts of the movie were shot in other Irish locations such as Malin Head in Co Donegal and Ceann Sibeal in Co Kerry. The figures also show that series two of 'Striking Out', currently screening on RTÉ and starring Amy Huberman, received between €1m to €2m in tax reliefs.

The US martial arts hit series 'Into the Badlands' also received tax reliefs of between €10m and €30m.

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