Tuesday 6th October, 2015
The Last Hotel, the critically-acclaimed opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh will be filmed for broadcast by Sky Arts.
The film will be directed by Enda Walsh, and produced by Juliette Bonass in association with Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. Initial filming will take place while the production is running at the O’Reilly Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Further filming will take place in December on location in the atmospheric Bray Head Hotel, which was the location for the photoshoot by Hugh O’Conor
‘I'm very excited that Sky Arts is going to make a film of The Last Hotel. I loved creating this opera with
Enda - it was a completely addictive process that just took me over. The film will cut between an actual
theatrical performance of the opera and some specially constructed sequences that will be filmed in a hotel
just outside Dublin especially for this. For me it's especially important that The Last Hotel will now reach a
wider audience than those able to see it live in the theatre through Sky Arts’ said Donnacha Dennehy.
Enda Walsh said: ‘We're very excited to have the opportunity to capture and re-imagine The Last Hotel for
Sky Arts. It's strange suburban 'gothicness' seems very suited to the world of film and it's thrilling to delve
deeper into the quiet horror of this story.’
Fergus Sheil, Artistic Director of Wide Open Opera said: "The Last Hotel has been one of the most successful
operas to emerge from Ireland in recent years. It is unprecedented for a new Irish opera to be showcased at
top international venues and festivals in Ireland, UK and USA. Now in collaboration with Sky Arts, the
production will reach an even wider audience internationally. With Sky we will capture the energy and
intensity of a live performance at the Dublin Theatre Festival, but we add an additional dimension through
our plans to film scenes of the opera in the atmospheric Bray Head Hotel. The result will be a fantastically
mesmerising and unique experience for television audiences showcasing the formidable talents of a range
of Irish artists in the cast, orchestra and creative team”
Anne Clarke of Landmark Productions said: ‘It’s an extraordinary opportunity for Irish artists to have their
work broadcast to such a significant audience in the UK and Ireland, and Landmark Productions and Wide
Open Opera are grateful not only to Sky Arts, but also to the Arts Council of Ireland and to Culture Ireland,
without whose far-seeing vision and commitment at an early stage the production would not have been
possible, let alone reached audiences in four countries on two continents in its first year.'
The investments by Sky Arts in cultural programming from Ireland are supported by the organisation
Business to Arts, who work to develop creative partnerships between business and the arts.
Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said “We’re thrilled that Sky Arts continue to be
committed to supporting Irish artists and Irish cultural content, with this, their first Sky Arts Amplify
investment in Ireland. ‘The Last Hotel’ by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, produced by Landmark
Productions and Wide Open Opera will be a very strong addition to their programming. Business to Arts is
very proud to work with Sky Arts in Ireland, most recently with Sky Arts Ignition : The Rise and Fall of the
City of Mahagonny and Sky Academy Irish Scholar Kevin Gaffney.”
Earlier this year Sky encouraged arts organisations and production companies to pitch collaboratively for
up to €1.35 million annually on new TV ideas, as part of a broader investment in the UK and Ireland’s
creative industries under the initiative Sky Arts Amplify.
This initiative is designed to foster integrated partnerships between creative institutions and TV production companies, bringing the vibrancy and
breadth of the arts in the UK and Ireland to life on screen in innovative, new ways.
The producers of The Last Hotel submitted an application and it was announced today that it was
successful and that this ground-breaking opera will be filmed by Sky Arts later this week.
The news was greeted with delight by the creative team.
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts added : “Amplify with Sky Arts is all about finding new ways to bring great
arts content to the screen and with Enda Walsh's unique adaptation of his hit opera The Last Hotel we have just that.
We are thrilled to be working with the cream of Irish talent on this project which builds on last year’s Sky Arts
Ignition: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and our current Sky Academy Arts Scholar for Ireland Kevin
Creative team: Composer: Donnacha Dennehy, Writer and Director: Enda Walsh, Ensemble: Crash Ensemble, Conductor: Alan
Pierson, Designer: Jamie Vartan, Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman, Sound Designer: David Sheppard, Sound Designer: Helen Atkinson, Associate Director: Sophie Motley. www.thelasthotel.ie