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Manx steal Wales film role
Aug 11 2004
Paul Carey, The Western Mail
A NEW blockbuster starring Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean has
snubbed Wales to film on the Isle of Man.
The Dark is set in the North Wales countryside, but producers picked the Isle of Man as the location for the multi-million-pound shoot.
Welsh film chiefs yesterday revealed they were "disappointed" to lose
the film to the Irish Sea island.
Mike Wallwork, national co-ordinator of the Wales Screen Commission,
said, "The producers have not been in touch with us.
"If they had expressed any interest we would have found the ideal
locations for them.
"It's a real shame - to have a big film like that here would have been
a real boost to the film industry in Wales and to the local economy.
"But the Isle of Man can offer tax breaks to people filming there that
we can't here in Wales.
"It is disappointing to lose films when there are perfectly good
locations they could have used in Wales. It's unfortunate."
Bean, 45, stars as contractor James Tullian in the chilling haunted
house film.
Based on the novel by Brit author Simon Maginn The Dark follows the
family, who move to the Ty-Gwnyeth estate after the tragic drowning of their
James finds a pile of charred bones near their home, wife Adele,
played by Coyote Ugly star Maria Bello, starts painting disturbing pictures
and son Sam suffers fits and visions.
But they fear history is repeating itself after discovering the
previous tenants on the farm went mad and killed each other.
But the "moody" Welsh landscape plays an important part in the
original novel.
One review said, "Through the stark moody Welsh landscape Maginn
creates an atmosphere of dread."
Sharpe actor Bean played warrior Boromir in the first Lord of the
Rings film.


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