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PENNY DREADFUL TURNS IN €33M FOR ECONOMY

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STAR: Actor Josh Hartnet in Penny Dreadful. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

STAR: Actor Josh Hartnet in Penny Dreadful. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

STAR: Actor Josh Hartnet in Penny Dreadful. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

THE Irish economy benefitted to the tune of €33m thanks to filming of epic series Penny Dreadful in Dublin and Wicklow.

Hollywood actors Josh Hartnett and Eva Green star in the gothic drama – and over 350 Irish cast and crew were employed during the six month shoot.

Emmy Award-winning director Dearbhla Walsh directed two of the episodes.

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

And he said Ireland's literary past and turn-of the century architecture made it an ideal place to film.

"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."

Logan, who has previously worked on Hugo and Skyfall, said that the crew enjoyed filmling on location in the Irish countryside and towns.

SUPPORT

Minister for the Arts 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 42pc since 2011 as a result of growth in the number of major international TV drama productions being produced in Ireland,

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

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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