2017 so far has been a showcase year for the Island, with several productions which shot last year airing on British TV. Well-known BBC TV series Top Gear and Countryfile both featured the Island, as well as ITV’s Britain’s Best Walks with Julia Bradbury.
The Pinewood comedy feature film Mindhorn, shot in the Summer of 2015 on the Isle of Man, was also released to great reviews. While Manx locations have featured in numerous movies, never has a film actually been set here – until now! The cast and crew – including writers and stars of the film Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby plus its director Sean Foley – returned “home” to the Island for a special premiere screening on 27th April.
The following week we welcomed the Celtic Media Festival to the Villa Marina in Douglas, the annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from the combined Celtic regions. Hosted in stunning weather, over 200 visitors to the Island enjoyed media forums and panels and great networking and parties.
With TT and plenty of Summertime productions coming up, there will be no slowing down for Isle of Man Film this year!