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Sounds Like the Cow Jumped Over the Moon and Brad Pitt in Newry, Northern Ireland!

More and more films are made at destinations that I love! You know that the first year of “Game of Thrones” was filmed on location in Malta and has been filmed in Northern Ireland for the most part, for the last several seasons but I”m told by the folks who live on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, in the Republic of Ireland that some of Game of Thrones was also filmed there. And Star Wars 2015 and 2016 and already filmed parts of Star Wars 2017 were filmed in the Malin Head, on the Inishowen peninsula of Ireland’s County Donegal, while other parts were, Mizen Head in County Cork, and on Skellig Michael, one of the Skellig Islands which can be visited or seen by boat off the shoreline of the towns along Ireland’s southern coastline and easily reached for the town of Portmagee where you’ll find The Moorings Inn & Restaurant and Bridge Bar right on the waterfront. That’s where some of the crew and cast members of the Star Wars 2015 film stayed during the film shoot on Skellig Michael.  (Food is terrific and the pub bar is adorable. . . and they know how to pour a proper Guinness, unlike most US pubs and restaurants who don’t have a clue as to how to pout Guinness on tap!  In recent days, HBO has been airing “By the Sea,” the Angelina Jolie film with Brad Pitt shot on Malta’s island of Gozo and today, the Belfast Telegraph is reporting that Brad Pitt’s newest film, “Lost City of Z,” caused quite a stir among local farmers and their livestock when that film was in production in Newry, Northern Ireland, which is about 90 minutes drive, more or less, from Dublin. . . more if you stop to sightsee along the route!

Have a look at today’s news article in the Belfast Telegraph about the ruckus the filming of ‘Lost City of Z” caused among the locals and livestock. It sounds like “Hey diddle diddle. .  . the cow jumped over the moon!”

Locals cried fowl over Brad Pitt shoot, but film may have

put east Antrim on movie map

By Victoria Leonard

April 8 2017

A Co Antrim film location where animals were left “terrified” after a series of staged explosions and gunfire has been transformed into a battlefield of the Somme in a newly released Hollywood movie.

The Lost City Of Z, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, was shot near Ballygally by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

In September 2015 locals told of their shock after explosions, gunfire and billowing smoke from fires caused chickens to flee their coops and cows to jump hedges.

At the time local man Jason McKillion told how his poultry and pet dog “went daft” and his neighbour was almost trampled by a herd of stampeding cattle amid the chaos.

The Lost City Of Z is based on the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeyed into the Amazon three times in search of a lost civilisation, which he named Z.

The footage shot outside Larne is the most dramatic of the movie, showing Fawcett fighting at the Somme during the First World War.

In the film the rolling hills around Sallagh Brae, which also feature in Game Of Thrones, have been transformed into a maze of trenches and bunkers as Fawcett and his men prepare to go over the top into No Man’s Land.

As the soldiers charge the screen is filled with deafening explosions and German machine gun fire as the Allies seek to dodge barbed wire.

Fawcett is overcome by chlorine gas, but eventually recovers enough to make his third and final trip to the Amazon.

On that occasion, he and his team vanished without trace and numerous rescue attempts failed to locate the explorers.

Ballygally businessman Grahame Todd, who served many members of the film crew at his Spar shop, said that the east Antrim area was fast becoming a popular location for the filming of movies.

“People around here certainly won’t forget the filming of The Lost City Of Z in a hurry,” he said.

“But in the end it was worth the hassle. It’s great for the area.”

Belfast Telegraph

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