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City risks movie moguls' boycott with fees threat

IT may be a case of lights, camera, and no action for filmmakers in Dublin soon.

Dublin City Council is carrying out a review of its fees regime for "all activities in the public realm".

And it has indicated it may impose charges on production companies for shooting on location in the capital.

But if fees are levied, it could lead to a reduction in the numbers of movies using Dublin as a backdrop.

At the moment, there is no charge, as it is considered the films help promote the city to a worldwide audience.

"However, the charging of fees by for all activities in the public realm is currently under review," city official Grainne Kelly said in a report.

Dublin has proved a popular location for movie-makers over the years, with Albert Nobbs one of the more recent films made in the capital.

Hollywood star Glenn Close spent months in the city for her lead role in the period drama about a butler in 19th century Ireland.

Oceans Eleven director Steven Soderbergh made part of Haywire in Dublin.

Featuring an A-list cast including Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender, the 2011 film includes rooftop chases and fights in the city.

Ms Kelly said the Irish Film Board (IFB) promotes the country internationally as an attractive location for movie makers.


The council's events unit assists by "providing a liaison role between the statutory agencies, city council departments and film companies".

City officials also issue their consent for the use of public places in the city by production companies.

Location managers are asked to notify the filming schedule to all residents in the immediate vicinity of any shoot.

Ms Kelly stated: "In order to continue to attract film companies to Ireland, this unit has not charged for this activity, as it is seen as promoting the capital city in films that are seen worldwide, which have an impact on attracting more tourists to the city, ensuring employment in film and television sector and also in ancillary companies and local businesses that supply services to the film companies.

"However, the charging of fees by for all activities in the public realm is currently under review."

She revealed that a filming protocol is being developed by the IFB and the Irish Guild of Location Managers.

It will be submitted to the council's events unit for comments.

The report will be placed before the council's arts, culture, leisure and youth affairs strategic policy committee next week for discussion by members.