Saw this tweet earlier, but haven't been able to confirm it anywhere else yet ...
Marc Mallett @marcmallett_UTV The @cinemagic film announcement is huge!! 'A Christmas Star' will be filmed in NI this year w/ Liam Neeson & Pierce Brosnan starring
The person who tweeted it is part of a Belfast news organization (www.u.tv/news), so he may have some info that hasn't been posted on the official Cinemagic site yet (www.cinemagic.org.uk/). And it seems there was a Q&A session earlier in the day at a Cinemagic event. Perhaps this is where it was mentioned.
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2015 19:41:42 GMT -5 by eaz35173
Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan to star in Belfast-shot Christmas movie
Mar 21, 2014 17:18 By Irishmirror.ie
Hollywood A-listers Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan are to sprinkle some stardust to a Northern Ireland film later this year.
The two men have signed up to star in a Christmas-themed movie which will film in Belfast in October.
A Christmas Star will be made by Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People to mark its 25th anniversary.
Ballymena man Neeson and Brosnan, who comes from Navan in Co Meath, are both patrons of the charity and were keen to get involved with its anniversary celebrations.
The announcement was made yesterday by Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes, who was in Belfast to take part in a Q&A for an audience of 500 young people.
The Cinemagic patron unveiled a host of film and television professionals who will lend their support to the ground-breaking film production and will engage with hundreds of young people from across Northern Ireland.
Joining Neeson and Brosnan will be Oscar-winning film producer Gareth Ellis Unwin (The King’s Speech), award-winning film composer Patrick Doyle, (Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), music supervisor Maggie Rodford, (The King’s Speech, Anna Karenina), Belfast actress Paula Malcolmson, (Deadwood, Ray Donovan) and casting director and Cinemagic patron Ros Hubbard, (The Commitments, Enemy at the Gates).
The industry professionals will mentor young people throughout the film production process from script to screen, giving invaluable insights to the world of film-making and sharing their wealth of experience to help develop up-and-coming across various skills from directing, acting and production to script editing, film composition, and costume/makeup.
BBC, UTV and Panavision will work in partnership with Cinemagic to help produce and premiere the film.
A Christmas Star is the first film project in Northern Ireland that Neeson has been involved in since 2008, when he shot Five Minutes of Heaven with James Nesbitt. He has previously worked with Brosnan in the 2006 film Seraphim Falls.
Cinemagic Chief Executive Joan Burney Keatings said: “Our Christmas feature film, a first for Northern Ireland, will bring young people from different cultural backgrounds together, and representatives from the worlds of film, television, music and sport will collaborate to celebrate creativity and highlight the importance of developing young people’s skills and offering young people unique film and television related opportunities”
The call-out for young people to participate in the film production will be announced in May and filming will take place in October. For more details on how to get involved visit www.cinemagic.org.uk.
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2014 17:34:06 GMT -5 by eaz35173
Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has produced its first feature, featuring Irish action stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan.
A Christmas Star, screening this weekend in the market, is billed as the “first Irish Christmas Film” and features voiceover from Taken star Neeson. He also cameos along with James Bond star Pierce Brosnan and Kylie Minogue (Holy Motors).
Starring Downton Abbey’s Robert James-Collier and Bronagh Waugh, from TV drama The Fall, it marks the feature directorial debut of Richard Elson and it has given 40 young trainees their first credit on a feature film.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to give young people skills development, an opportunity to work on a film and it’s a chance to give something back to the industry,” said producer Joan Burney Keatings.
Set it Northern Ireland, it centres on young Noelle (Erin Galway Kendrick), who believes she can perform miracles after being born under a ‘Christmas Star’ and attempts to use her gift alongside her friends to save their village from developers.
Casting was conducted by John and Ros Hubbard - 5,000 youngsters auditioned for roles - and has cinematography from Ian Fox, whose credits as camera operator include Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Burney Keatings, overseeing sales here in Cannes, has now confirmed that Cinemagic is about to embark on a second feature, teenage drama It’s Not Too Late, which Elson will also direct.
The Belfast premiere is set for November 4 and the film is also set to yield a Christmas single.