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Four Letters Of Love starring Pierce Brosnan & Helena Bonham Carter filming in Co Antrim

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Pierce Brosnan filming in Ballycastle on Tuesday. (Image: Anne Kelly)

Movie buffs and celebrity fans will be delighted to know that a star-studded movie is currently filming at locations across Northern Ireland, and production crews have been shooting in Ballymena, Ballycastle and Carrickfergus.


Based on Noel Williams international bestselling novel, the magical, lyrical and deeply romantic Irish story has become the latest book to make it to the big screen and features Pierce Brosnan (Black Adam, Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again), two-time Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown, Enola Homes 1 & 2, Nolly, Ocean’s 8) and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (War Of The Worlds, Hereditary) as parents of the fated lovers played by up-and-coming actors Fionn O’Shea (Dance First, Dating Amber, Normal People) and Ann Skelly (The Nevers, Kissing Candice, Rose Plays).


Another filming location at an old farmhouse in Ballymena.


In recent weeks film crews been seen on set at an old farm house, located at Moorfields Road in Ballymena, and today, Tuesday 28 February, are filming in The Diamond area of Ballycastle. It is understood the crew have also been on location shooting at Woodburn Forest, Carrickfergus.


Four Letters of Love is produced by BAFTA Award nominee Debbie Gray (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Mrs. Lowry & Son) and Douglas Cummins (Let Me go, The Girl) and is co-produced by Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street).



With funding from Northern Ireland Screen, the film began shooting earlier this month in Northern Ireland before moving to the Republic of Ireland.


(Photos: Anne Kelly)


Williams’ beloved novel was first published in 1997 and was translated into more than 30 languages before he adapted it for the screen.


Nicholas Coughlan (O’Shea) and Isabel Gore (Skelly) are fated to be together. That is as sure as the sky is blue and the sea is ever changing. The question is whether or not they will ever find out. As ghosts, fate and the sheer power of true love pull Nicholas and Isabel together, so too does life threaten to tear them apart.


Images: Steven McAuley • McAuley Multimedia



One sunny winter morning, Nicholas’ father, William (Brosnan), believes he’s spoken to by God, changing his life forever. He quits his job and, following divine instruction, redirects all his passion and energy into painting, leaving his dependent wife, Bette, and son to fend for themselves.


Ready for action on Tuesday morning in Ballycastle. (Photo: Anne Kelly)

Isabel lives a charmed, simple existence on the island, with her father (Byrne), the poet and master of the school, and her wise, intuitive mother (Bonham Carter), until the tragic day her younger brother, Sean, a musical genius, has a paralysing fit while he accompanies her dancing. Isabel, weighed down by guilt, opts to go to school on the mainland, in search of fresh experiences and a chance to forget.


Four Letters of Love is a life-affirming tale about faith and doubt, maybes and almosts, and the miracle of love.



Debbie Gray commented:


“I’m thrilled to be bringing this beautiful piece of work from writer Niall Williams and director Polly Steele to the screen. A seminal piece of Irish literature and I couldn’t be more pleased with the cast and creative team that have joined us on this journey.”


Douglas Cummins added:


“Niall Williams’ debut novel is beguiling, and utterly irresistible, and it’s an enormous privilege to be transposing it to the screen so that new audiences can join the scores of existing fans from many countries across the world who have already succumbed to its countless charms and delights”


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