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Stacey Gregg’s Here Before now filming in Belfast

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- Gregg’s feature debut will be in production for four weeks in and around Northern Ireland’s capital

Stacey Gregg’s Here Before now filming in Belfast
Director Stacey Gregg

Northern Irish filmmaker Stacey Gregg, best known for her work as a writer for the TV series Little Birds, Rivera and The Innocents, is finally working on her feature debut, a thriller entitled Here Before. Principal photography started last week and will continue for about a month in and around Belfast. The movie was provided with development funding by Northern Ireland Screen and the iFeatures scheme, run by Creative England with support from the BFI, BBC Films and ScreenSkills. It is the first film from the initiative’s fifth slate of funding to move to the production stage.

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The story, penned by the director herself, centres on a bereaved mother (played by Andrea Riseborough), who begins to question her life after new neighbours move in next door. The cast also features actors Jonjo ONeill (The Drifters, Rare Beasts [+see also:
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, Calibre [+see also:
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) and Eileen OHiggins (Mary Queen of Scots [+see also:
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, Grace & Goliath). Moreover, confirmed crew members include DoP Chloë Thomson (the TV series Requiem and the spy film Damascus Cover), editor Brian Philip Davis (The Devil’s Doorway, Zoo), costume designer Timmy White (the TV series Derry Girls) and production designer Patrick Creighton (A Bump Along the Way [+see also:
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Speaking about the project, BBC Films commissioning executive Eva Yates said: “It’s a testament to Stacey’s immense talent that she has attracted such an exceptional cast to her debut feature. We are thrilled to be working with Stacey and again with Julia and Sophie at Rooks Nest, who have assembled such enthusiastic and supportive partners for this very special film.” Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Screen’s head of production, Andrew Reid, added: “It is great to welcome Stacey home to Northern Ireland to make her first feature film. Stacey is an incredible talent whose compelling script has attracted an impressive cast. We are thrilled to be involved, and wish the entire cast and crew a very successful shoot.”

Here Before is being produced by Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers for London-based outfit Rooks Nest Entertainment and is being backed by BBC Films, independent firm Pia Pressure and film agency Northern Ireland Screen. The executive producers are Eva Yates for BBC Films, Pia Getty and James Durrant for Pia Pressure, and Will Norton for Rooks Nest. An official release date is yet to be disclosed.

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