Tourism NI | Stars Unite For Northern Irish Short Film

Tourism Northern Ireland have unveiled a fusion of vibrant sports, arts, culture and tourism talent as well as stunning landscapes in a short film to celebrate the arrival of 2019 for Northern Ireland.

It is a year in which the eyes of the world will be upon Northern Ireland as it hosts its largest ever event, welcoming the highly anticipated 148th Open Golf Championship, Royal Portrush, in July. The specially commissioned “We’ve Come a Long Way” film was premiered at a celebration yesterday evening in Titanic Belfast attended by almost 400 guests.

A mix of contemporary sports, music, film and poetry talent united at the star-studded event, including legendary golf commentator (dubbed the BBC’s ‘Voice of Golf’) Peter Alliss and record-breaking Champion Jockey Sir Anthony McCoy OBE.

The film is set to an original poem written by County Down poet Paula Matthews, narrated by the familiar, emotive voices of Northern Ireland actors Ian McElhinney, Bronagh Waugh, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Shaun Blaney.

It additionally incorporates an original score composed and performed by Belfast-born renowned pianist Michael McHale, accompanied by past and present members of the Ulster Youth Orchestra. The special film was  produced by award-winning NI Director Marty Stalker, capturing the unique nature of Northern Ireland.

Young amateur golfer, Tom McKibben, is filmed sinking a putt at Royal Portrush, with the beautiful landscapes in the backdrop that will be beamed into millions of television screens around the world and experienced first-hand for the 190,000 spectators expected to attend The 148th Open. The Championship is making a historic return to Northern Ireland shores after nearly 70 years.

Fiona Cunningham, Tourism NI ROI Market Manager, commented at the event, “We are excited that directors, writers, composers, musicians, artists and sporting stars of such outstanding international calibre and acclaim have given their backing to Northern Ireland in 2019. The specially commissioned film celebrates a momentous year, showcasing our talent and landscapes that have helped us become one of the world’s top tourist destinations. While we have come a long way, our message is that this is only the beginning of what will be a truly epic journey in 2019.”

The launch event and release of the short film is part of a major drive by Tourism NI to encourage people to truly experience Northern Ireland this year, from the stay and play opportunities across 105 golf courses to momentous events like The Open 2019. Northern Ireland was also named as the World’s Best Food Destination this year, with the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition opening only two hours from Dublin at Titanic Exhibition Centre from April featuring immersive experiences using storylines from the world-renowned series.

For the year ahead, Tourism NI aims to build on its highest visitor numbers to date. It was revealed last year that there were an estimated 4.9 million overall trips to Northern Ireland and an increase of 49 per cent of people from the Republic of Ireland choosing to holiday there.

The 148th Open will be held from July 14 – 21 2019.  Practice Day tickets are available and those wishing to attend the event in style can avail of a range of exclusive hospitality options, with accommodation still available across Northern Ireland.

The bespoke “We’ve Come A Long Way” short film and score is now available to audiences across the world by clicking here.

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