Wednesday 13 December 2017

Filmmakers a part of town's history

Johnny Mythen (Chairman of Enniscorthy UDC) and Michael Bennett (President of Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce) at the wrap party
Johnny Mythen (Chairman of Enniscorthy UDC) and Michael Bennett (President of Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce) at the wrap party

'You have etched yourself into Enniscorthy history,' Town Council cathaoirleach Johnny Mythen told the makers of 'Brooklyn'.

Cllr. Mythen, along with Chamber of Commerce president Michael Bennett hosted Wednesday night's reception for the movies cast and crew from Parallel Films in Enniscorthy Castle.

Actors and production staff mingled with local guests and a smiling Saoirse Ronan was in the front row when the speeches were made.

Presentations of flowers were to the actress from Ardattin, to producer Fionnuala Dwyer and to director John Crowley.

A statuette of a Wexford pikeman was handed to locations manager Gordon Wycherley for his assistance in bringing the film-makers to town.

Hopes were high, not only that 'Brooklyn' will be a success but also that more movie producers will come to Slaneyside in future.

John Crowley's feature is expected to reach the screens of cinemas around the world some time in mid 2015, opening up the possibility of tourism boost for the town where it is set.

'This is an opportunity to promote Enniscorthy as a film town,' said Michael Bennett, full of praise for town clerk David Minogue's role in bringing Hollywood to County Wexford. Producer Fionnuala Dwyer introduced herself to the attendance packed in to the Castle as a New Zealander resident in London.

She confessed that she fell in love four years ago with the Colm Tóibín novel which provides the plot for the film.

'We have had a brilliant time over the past ten days,' she said. 'You have been incredibly welcoming. We hope you enjoy the film when it comes out.'

Ms. Dwyer's sentiments were mirrored by those of director John Crowley: 'You could not have extended a warmer of a more generous welcome.'

He expressed his thanks to everyone who helped directly or by easing access to the buildings and homes which were used in the course of the filming.

He also touched on the emotion generated by shooting Colm Tóibín's characters in the setting where the author first imagined they would be.

'It has been deeply moving and it will give the film something special, which is priceless,' he said.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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