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Titanic attractions : Oscar-winning Director Neil Jordan “believes in Belfast”
Posted by webmaster on 2004/10/24 18:01:00 (5395 reads)

Neil Jordan, Director of the NIFTC-assisted BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, has praised Northern Ireland as an excellent location for international film production. On location at the recently disused Maysfield Leisure Centre, Mr Jordan praised the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission for their investment in the production which he commented had resulted in the film being brought to Northern Ireland. The film is primarily funded by Pathe films who will also distribute the film and is greatly supported by the Irish Film Board.


“Dublin’s difficulty is Belfast’s opportunity. The South has become clogged due to over-performance, and we have found the patience in Northern Ireland refreshing. Belfast is a great place to work – a very beautiful and interesting city.

“Maysfield Leisure Centre has proved to be an excellent studio space and I look forward to returning to Belfast with future productions.”



As well as the recently disused Maysfield Leisure Centre, the production shoot took place in a number of locations around Northern Ireland including Crumlin Road Gaol, where the NIFTC-funded FREEZE FRAME starring Lee Evans was filmed in 2003.

The film is produced by Alan Moloney of Parallel Film Productions and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films. BREAKFAST ON PLUTO has been adapted from the book of the same name by the author, Pat McCabe, (who also wrote Neil Jordan’s 1997 film THE BUTCHER BOY) and Oscar-winning writer / director Neil Jordan. Cast include Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea.

Budgeted at approximately £8.5 million, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO is the second film from the NIFTC’s Northern Ireland Film Production Fund to go into production and will receive £310,000 investment through the fund. A rites of passage drama set in 1970’s Ireland and London. The film follows the story of one Patrick “Kitten” Braden, an eccentric young man who is abandoned as a child by his mother.



Richard Williams, the NIFTC’s Chief Executive commented: “The Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission is absolutely delighted to have invested in Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto. Neil is a world class filmmaker having made a plethora of hugely successful films like Mona Lisa, Michael Collins, End of the Affair and The Butcher Boy. The Northern Ireland Film Production Fund has given us the ammunition to persuade Neil to bring his film here. Once here, the production has been seduced by the convenient scale of Belfast, the appropriateness for film production of our many locations and the enthusiasm of the local industy.”

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