Friday 19 January 2018

Henrietta Street could hike the cost of filming as residents' row led to six month ban

Henrietta Street
Henrietta Street
timothy dalton

Productions such as Penny Dreadful may have to pay higher location fees to use a Dublin street after a row led to a six-month ban on filming there.

Residents on Henrietta Street, in the north inner city, hit out at "disruptive and excessive" filming last year.

An independent expert was called in to examine whether new rules were needed. Although the report is not yet complete, Dublin City Council (DCC) has said it can "now move toward lifting the current moratorium on the granting of film permits".

Included in the recommendations is a proposal to charge higher fees for bigger productions.

Under the proposals, a percentage of all location fees would contribute to a fund to pay for restoring features on the Georgian street.

Fewer filming days and a strict window of 7am to 9pm for filming have also been suggested.

The appointment of a dedic- ated Henrietta Street film officer has also been suggested.

The report suggests film companies would be hit with penalties for not complying with the new code.

It has also been suggested that individual producers or directors could be hit with fines.

In his report to councillors, DCC assistant chief executive Brendan Kenny said that all of the suggestions will need to be tested to see if the council has the resources to implement them.

"I do think they are reasonable and we should be able to implement most if not all," he said. "As soon as we can further consult with the key parties on the proposed revisions, we will be in a position to lift the current moratorium on permits for filming in Henrietta Street."

However, resident Edward Casey said he would "strongly caution" against lifting the ban before the independent report is fully finished.

"I think it would be difficult to justify," he said.

He added that he also fears the higher fees will not be enough to carry out proper restoration of the street.

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