The Show Must Go On: A special report on the Irish film industry

The Show Must Go On: A special report on the Irish film industry View Gallery

The Irish tax authority is circling and the unions are battling -- what's happening in Irish film?

When it hits the screen, the scene will look very different. The audience will see a slickly polished 4x4 chase; Jude Law’s character pursuing Blake Lively along a dirt road. He rams her and shoots her car’s windows out. She then rolls his car into a ditch; it’s all very exciting. The reality, of course, is far removed from that. A carefully orchestrated and expert choreography plays out in a mucky field in Wicklow, not far from the village of Kilpedder. Law and Lively are seated in heavily modified Land Rover Defenders, with impact bars and pads fitted. Incongruous pods are welded onto their roofs, from where the stunt drivers actually control the vehicles, freeing the talent up to focus on the shooting and acting.

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