It has been the take of town since the zoomed into Inishowen bringing with them a buzz and enthusiasm that hasn’t been seen in the peninsula in some time.
The cast and crew of the newest Irish monster movie “Grabbers” have been filming in the Inishowen peninsula for the past two weeks, with bases in Moville, Culdaff and the Isle of Doagh.
In what would normally be a quiet month of January, Grabbers and their stars like Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia) Derry’s Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments) and Ruth Bradley (Flyboys) such as have brought a warmth and excitement to the normally sleepy towns around Inishowen.
A Sony Pictures Home Entertainment production, this film provides a comic twist on the classic suburban monster horror as a sleepy Irish fishing village is forced to fend off a blood sucking sea creature with an unlikely weapon...alcohol. Sole Scriptwriter Kevin Lehane has been enjoying their time in Moville and finds the Inishowen town a perfect location for the movie.
“We looked all over the country for the perfect location, in Cork, Louth and Kerry, but when we came to Moville, we knew this was the right place. It is so scenic being so close to the sea, we just thought it was beautiful surroundings.
“We’ve had great fun since we’ve been here. We were up in the local pub and they had live music on just for us. The locals have welcomed us with open arms and we really couldn’t be happier here, there is a great atmosphere about the place.”
For Kevin this is a new experience as he has only recently got into the business and this is his first ever film.
“I just love watching the filming, it’s amazing to have something that was in your imagination just a small while ago and now it’s great to see the characters coming alive. We have a brilliant cast and I can’t wait to see it. We won’t be finished filming until December but we are putting together a trailer in time for Cannes in the summer, which is just crazy, it’s a rollarcoaster!”
Kevin thinks Inishowen is a brilliant location and would recommend it for other films.
“We want to claim this place as our own! We established Grabbers here and it has been working so well, it as so much potential for other films as well.”
Aideen Doherty from the Donegal Film Office echos what the scriptwriter says and believes they have the skills and services in place to deliver a successful film.
“I met with the director Jon Wright some time ago and took him around the locations we have, he was so happy with the place. Our production were able to take care of their accommodation, official permission from DCC over road closures and anything else they needed.
“We are a creative county and have a wide variety of resources so to anybody else hoping to do the same thing, we are available and open for business!”
For more information or a point of contact, see Aideen Doherty, Cultural Officer from Donegal County Council for more.