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Stunt TV crash to be filmed locally

Louise McDowell

Reporter:

Louise McDowell

A stunt sequence for a TV drama will be filmed at Spelga over the next two days.

The Moyad Road, the main route between Hilltown and Kilkeel, will be closed this morning (Tuesday) from 7am until Thursday (8 November) at 2am for the stunts to be carried out and filmed.

Dublin Murder Productions Ltd gained permission to close the road from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

In its application for holding a special event on a public road, the production company said they will film over “two days and nights on the Moyad Road”.

The eight-part Dublin Murders series is drawn from Tana French’s first two novels ‘In The Woods’ and ‘The Likeness’. The eight-part series was commissioned by the BBC last year.

“We plan to film a car crashing into a deer and the subsequent aftermath.

“We will have the car which we crash, other film equipment such as lighting, cameras, cherry picker and a pneumatic car flipper to propel the car,” the production company stated in its application to council to hold a ‘special event’ on a public road.

The applicants had planned to talk to residents along the road to explain what would be happening.

“There are a few residents on the road and we plan to talk to them.

“Residents can have access from either end of the road but the area where we need to focus our stunt will need to be completely closed.

“We propose a closure from 7am on 6 November to re-open at 2am on 8 November.”

The Gamekeepers’ Lodge is one of the businesses affected.

The family-run equestrian centre reminded customers on social media that the roads will be closed.

“The main road from Spelga will be closed due to a film being made round Crocnafeola Forest. We would ask all liveries to avoid using the forest and for customers to find an alternative route to lessons.”

The Dublin Murder Squad novels have won major awards and topped bestseller lists across the world.

Each novel is led by a different detective from the same Dublin squad and their signature is an intense emotional connection between cop and crime, underpinned by a disturbing tremor from another darker influence.

The Dublin Murders is being produced by Euston Films, Veritas Entertainment Group and Element Pictures.

Sarah Phelps, who recently reimagined the Agatha Christie novels, said: “Tana’s compelling novels are both nail-biting thrillers, enquiries into the nature of evil and heartbreaking stories of human frailty, love and loss. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing The Dublin Murders to audiences.”

Filming started earlier this year with the majority of filming taking place in Belfast and Dublin with an filming earlier this year in the Moyad Road area.

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