Monday 24 October 2016

Families hope review will see more rules for Henrietta Street filming

Aoife and Edward Casey with their children Alexander and Claire (doug.ie)
Aoife and Edward Casey with their children Alexander and Claire (doug.ie)
Henrietta Street (Mark Condren)

A review of filming on Henrietta Street is underway, with residents hoping it will see more rules imposed on production companies.

The street has long been a favourite in the film and TV industry because it is the only intact example of an early 18th century street of houses.

Shows such as Penny Dreadful and Ripper Street regularly use the area as a location for shooting.

However, residents have been campaigning for years for their neighbourhood to be protected, as they feel it is treated as a continuous set.


The dispute came to a head when filming took place through much of November, and Dublin City Council (DCC) imposed a six-month moratorium on filming there.

Resident Edward Casey, who has lived in the area all his life, told the Herald that filming has become a "nightmare" for him and his family.

He said he hoped the review would result in "a better use and a more controlled use" of the street and that less filming would take place there.

"These are family homes, it is very important that residents are allowed to enjoy their family life," he said.

Mr Casey said that he hoped that the future use of the street would show it off as a Dublin heritage site, as it is mostly used to portray scenes set in London.

The council have appointed Yvonne Thunder, who has a long history in the film industry, to carry out the review. She will interview residents and people working in the film industry.

Some residents have raised concerns that it represents a conflict of interest to have her carry out the review.

However, the DCC said that her experience in the industry was a "positive element in her work".

The findings of the review will be presented to the council, and it is likely that a new code of practice for the area will be drawn up and submitted to city councillors in March.

"Should new guidelines be adopted before the expiry of the six-month moratorium on May 13, 2016 then consideration will be given to lifting the moratorium at an earlier date," assistant chief executive Brendan Kenny said in the briefing document for the review.

In 2015 - before the ban - seven applications for filming were made for filming on Henrietta Street, for periods of between one and seven days.

Dublin receives around 100 applications for filming every year. It is estimated that Penny Dreadful, which will shoot here for four seasons, will create some €121m in foreign direct investment.

Previously, Screen Producers Ireland said that the ban would have "a severe impact" on the film industry and that, in their view, many residents were supportive of filming.

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