From October 2006 to March 2007, the City Film Office supported the production of the feature film ‘In Bruges’, a co-production of Focus Features (USA) and Blueprint Pictures (UK). Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes are the leading actors. The shooting mainly took place in the historic city centre of Bruges.
Author of this story is none other than Martin Mc Donagh. He has been a famous and award-winning playwright for ten years. In 2007 one of his most popular pieces, ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ has been staged at the ‘Burla’ in Antwerp, at the NTG in Gent and at the Magdalenazaal in Bruges. Martin Mc Donagh has won an Oscar for best live action short movie with ‘Six Shooter’ (starring Brendan Gleeson).
In Bruges opened the Sundance Filmfestival in Utah, US on Jan 17th 2008.
In Bruges was shown in 24 European countries, 10 countries in Latin America, 4 in Asia and also South Africa and the Middle East.
The In Bruges DVD is available on DVD.
As a result of the movie Toerisme Brugge developed a LOCATION SHOOTING MAP.
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As a result of the movie Toerisme Brugge developed a location shooting map. Click here to download.
“ My 4 weeks spent in Brugge were unforgettable - the city has a unique atmosphere, the sense of history is potent, the people are friendly and the past comes alive. I would recommend Brugge as a wonderful location for a film. I know our production received great support from the City of Brugge. "
We asked producer Graham Broadbent’s opinion on filming in Bruges:
I have produced a number of feature films in different parts of the world. I have never been so welcomed as we were in Bruges, by the city, the mayor and the film office.
Bruges was very much one of the main characters in Martin Mcdonagh’s film, alongside Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, so it was essential to us to be able to have full access to the city for the entire shoot. From our first approach it was clear that the City Film Office was able to offer unprecedented access and co-ordinate all the needs of the production.
Liason with the city and it’s services was supported by the film office, and they also helped us approach all the locations required for the film. This access and support, coupled with the ease of movement around the relatively small city made out shooting experience as good as it can get.”
Graham Broadbent, Blueprint Pictures, UK