In this post I will be focusing on “The Dark Hedges” by Chris Humpreys.
Antrim is one of the six counties that form Northern Ireland. It is one of two counties where the majority of the population are from a protestant background; the other county being county Down.
In terms of adaptations, Northern Ireland is one of the primary locations for Winterfell in the hit fantasy TV show Game of Thrones based off the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R.Martin. Much of Belfast’s outer-city landscape can be seen in all its majestic glory on screen. The showrunners are very appreciative of how kind the local residents are and have even hired some people to be extras in the show.
Director, actor and screenwriter Kenneth Branagh was born in Belfast and raised in England. He has a long list of on-screen achievements both in front of and behind the camera. He has directed many film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s works such as Henry V (1989), Much Ado about Nothing (1995) and Hamlet (1996). The former he also started in as the main role. He co-directed a stage production Macbeth for the Manchester International Festival which sold out its first run and was broadcast in cinemas. At the Garrick Theatre recently he started a series of shows including an production of Romeo and Juliet featuring Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as the leads.
In addition to this, Colin Bateman, from County Down, wrote the incredibly popular Murphy’s Law which became a BBC TV show featuring James Nesbitt.
By Charlotte Selby