Reeling out the cash: Screen Ireland and who gets the money

Described as being ‘more secretive than the Vatican’, Screen Ireland has loaned out a total of €336 million to filmmakers over many years. Now questions are being asked about the amount of money it has given to projects by current and former members of its own board

Sope Dirisu and Freida Pinto in Mr Malcolm's List: the film, made in Dublin and Bray, was financed with the help of a €300,000 loan from Screen Ireland

Screen Ireland was highlighting the arrival of a new Irish-made film in US cinema screens last week.

Mr Malcolm’s List, a historical romantic drama starring Freida Pinto, the Indian actress, was filmed in Dublin and Bray, and has received positive reviews from the critics.

As the state agency in charge of developing Irish film and TV, Screen Ireland was naturally promoting the film’s “long journey to the screen” on social media last week. But it ...