TITANIC QUARTER PROUD TO SUPPORT THE NORTHERN IRELAND FILM INDUSTRY

TITANIC QUARTER PROUD TO SUPPORT THE NORTHERN IRELAND FILM INDUSTRY

14th March, 2017

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TITANIC QUARTER IS PROUD TO BE HOME TO GAME OF THRONES AS IT PUTS NORTHERN IRELAND FILM INDUSTRY ON THE MAP

‘Winter is Coming’ might not seem like the best tourism slogan for a northern city like Belfast.

But since the motto of the House of Stark was first uttered in season one of Game of Thrones legions of fans of the world’s biggest TV shows have visited Northern Ireland to see the fictional land of Westeros for themselves.

Whether you’ve seen it or not, you will have heard of Game of Thrones.  White Walkers, dragons, Jon Snow and three-eyed ravens have become iconic among the show’s fans and a big part of popular culture. 

Since the HBO produced fantasy drama first hit our screens six years ago, introducing us to the rival families and bringing large scale battles to the small screen, the series has received a record 38 Primetime Emmy Awards and has become a key part of the phenomenon that has seen has seen epic productions move from the movie screen to the film screen.

Locations in Northern Ireland such as The Dark Hedges and Ballintoy Harbour were perfect for external scenes, but the film and media facilities and sound stages at Titanic Studios were essential to securing the production.   Titanic Quarter’s Studios has been home to HBO’s Game of Thrones from its inception and is looking forward to the filming of series eight. 

Titanic Quarter Studios initial Hollywood productions have included the impressive City of Ember (2007) and Your Highness (2009).  But it is fair to say that it is Game of Thrones that has established Northern Ireland as a world-class location for film and TV production. The series has contributed up to £148m to the economy with a reported £4.80 going back into the economy for every £1 invested – a return which has benefited the whole UK film industry and helped the sector to develop its talent base.

Not only has Game of Thrones provided a massive boost to the film industry but it has also given tourism an amazing boost. The visitor demand is so high that local bus companies have capitalised on the show’s popularity and started their own Game of Thrones tours. The beauty of our country was a major draw for HBO and many of our local attractions have become selfie hotspots for fans.

In partnership with Sky Atlantic and NI Screen, Titanic Quarter Ltd has arranged for the Iron Throne to travel to MIPIM, one of the world’s largest property conferences, in Cannes this week.  Investors who visit the Belfast stand at MIPIM will have the envious opportunity of getting their photo taken on the Iron Throne. 

Titanic Quarter Ltd responded to the needs of HBO, by producing additional film studio facilities. One of the Titanic Quarter Studios is in fact the former Harland and Wolff shipyard's 'Paint Hall'.  Once a climate controlled facility where the component parts of ships were painted, is now one of Europe's largest film studios.

Titanic Quarter Ltd is delighted to work with local, national and international film and screen producers, to promote and grow the industry in Northern Ireland.