Vita and Virginia and The Rhythm Section Filming on Location in Ireland
Vita and Virginia — the eagerly awaited period drama based on the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West and espionage thriller The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively are just two of the major international productions which have chosen Ireland as a filming location in recent months.
Irish/UK creative co-production, Vita and Virginia, which is produced by Katie Holly (Love & Friendship, Citadel) for Blinder Films alongside Evangelo Kioussis (Pandorica, Petroleum Spirit), tells the true story of the relationship between the literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) and socialite Vita (Gemma Arterton) in 1920’s London. When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. Vita and Virginia forge an unconventional affair and neither will be the same without the other.
Vita and Virginia marks the sophomore feature from up-and-coming British director Chanya Button, who also co-wrote the feature alongside Dame Eileen Atkins, who first adapted the titular characters’ letters into an award-winning play. The title, which also stars Isabella Rossellini and Rupert Penry-Jones alongside Debicki and Arterton, began the Irish leg of filming in September, encompassing locations such as Dublin’s Trinity College, was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), Picadilly Pictures, Sampsonic Media and Lipsync Productions. Thunderbird Releasing has taken all UK rights to the film while Protagonist is handling worldwide rights.
Produced by James Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and directed by Reed Morano, The Rhythm Section, will partly film in Ireland next year. Starring Blake Lively as the main protagonist, Stephanie Patrick, the title is the first film adaptation of Mark Burnell’s four-part series of novels. The Rhythm Section will see Lively’s character on a path to self-destruction following the death of her family in an airplane crash. Spurred on by grief and anger, when she finds out the crash was not an accident, Stephanie Patrick becomes an assassin who is determined to track down those responsible.
The title, which will also film in the US, UK, Spain and Switzerland, received on-the-ground logistical recce support from the IFB.