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Stars having a blast in Belfast

Sunday Life joins Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging star Kimberley Nixon for an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse at Cherrybomb, the latest Hollywood movie being filmed in Northern Ireland

Belfast has been buzzing in the last few weeks as a touch of Hollywood rolled into town with the filming of Cherrybomb.

This coming-of-age drama set in Belfast brings together a plethora of homegrown talent including our own James Nesbitt and a score by acclaimed local DJ David Holmes.

The feature film, which stars Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint and Kimberley Nixon of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging fame is the joint debut of husband-and-wife team Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa.

Behind the scenes is a flurry of activity with talented crew of local designers, stylists and specialists all keeping the young crew on their toes.

Grint — better known for his role as Harry Potter’s sidekick Ron — said he was having a ball during his filming in Belfast.

“We haven’t has a lot of time off, but we have seen quite a bit of Northern Ireland and I have really enjoyed it.

“I particularly loved the Giant’s Causeway and the [Carrick-a-Rede] rope bridge. Everyone has had a real laugh on set and they have been a great crew to work with,” he said.

Rupert’s sentiments were echoed by the local team involved behind the scenes of the production.

Head of costume design on the film, Hazel Webb Crozier, from Belfast, who also worked on Closing the Ring, said: “The cast on this film are very young, but they have been great fun to work with as they are full of enthusiasm. It’s been fun kitting the characters out and looking for outfits for these streetwise kids to wear.”

And it seems it’s not just the cast and crew who have been involved behind the scenes.

Filming moved last week to north Belfast, where a local property developer was only too happy to quite literally open his doors to the production team.

Desie Wilson from Donard Homes says he was surprised and delighted when a location manager contacted him about using one of his developments for some of the shooting on Cherrybomb.

“It was certainly an unusual request, but we were delighted to help out,” he said.

“Basically they were looking for a house to have as a base for some of their scenes and a street as a background and our site at Railway Court on York Road fitted their bill.

“It certainly created a bit of excitement in the street this week and we will all be looking forward to seeing the film though we will probably not recognise our wee house when we see it!”


Original article can be found here at Belfast Telegraph I August 3, 2008

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