BBC Drama Loving Miss Hatto To Shoot in Dublin

Further good news for the Irish film industry, the BBC is due to start filming a  TV drama about the life of controversial British pianist Joyce Hatto in Dublin and Wicklow  in mid-April for 4 weeks.

The Irish Film Board are on a roll this year after securing a third BBC series, Vexed the second series of police comedy is already in production and Ripper Street  an eight-part drama on the hunt for Jack the Ripper will begin shooting in 3 weeks’ time at Clancy Barracks, Islandbridge, and other city locations including Henrietta Street.

This time last year the Irish Film industry was in intensive care with not a single production in the first quarter of the year followed by the cancellation of the Starz series Camelot after just one season. There was a flurry late in the year with the Titanic story Blood and Steel and Neil Jordan’s Byzantium coming in December. 2011 was a bad year for Ardmore studios not a single feature film or major TV production taking space on the sound stages.

The new BBC feature-length TV drama Loving Miss Hatto has an estimated budget of €2 million. The script was written by British comedian Victoria Wood.

Joyce Hatto became famous late in life after her husband, the record producer William Barrington-Coupe, released a series of commercial recordings made by other pianists in her name, earning her high praise from critics. The fraud did not come to light until a few months after her death from cancer.

The film will star British stage and screen star Francesca Annis alongside Alfred Molina in the lead roles. It will be directed by Irish director Aisling Walsh, whose credits include Song For a Raggy Boy. Recent IFTA winner Anna Rackard  as production designer (Stella Days) and Costume Designer Alison Byrne (When Harvey Met Bob, The Take).

The project is also being part-financed by the Irish Film Board and produced by James Flynn of Octagon films. Ted Sheehy at Irish Film Portal has an interesting take on the true value of the public incentive to incoming for these latest  projects

Hatto husband, William Barrington-Coupe, owned up to the thefts, but was never charged.

It is alleged that  there was only one authentic Hatto recording that was ever released, a performance of the Arnold Bax Symphonic.

To air on the BBC in December 2012.

Tom Dowling (c) 2012



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