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Sunday 18 August 2019

Shooting begins on Banville's The Sea

FINTAN LAMBE

FILMING has begun in Wexford on a film adaptation of John Banville's 2005 Booker prize winning novel ' The Sea'.

The Wexford author set the novel in Rosslare, fictionalised as Rossmore, and outdoor and indoor filming is now underway at various locations around the county.

The production crew is initially located at Ballymoney and Courtown in the north of the county, and will also film scenes in Ballygarrett and in south of the county around Rosslare.

The film stars Rufus Sewell, Sinead Cusack, Ciaran Hinds, and Charlotte Rampling, and is directed by Stephen Brown.

The novel centres around a widowed art historian, who returns to a boarding house where he spent a memorable childhood summer with two friends. The film is coproduced with Samson Films, and a London-based Independent Film Company.

While the production company has yet to release details of filming, the budget for the project is believed to be in the region of €2.6 million. Various premises in Ballygarrett have been redecorated to look like buildings from the 1950s, while a number of coastal locations around North Wexford have also been identified for filming. The film crew was due to start work in Courtown yesterday, Monday, but due to inclement weather, moved to Kiltennel House near Ballymoney, for indoor scenes.

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