Let’s build a Dublin that we would like to see on screen

Development plan ignores how cameras see the city and distribute its image worldwide

Director Lenny Abrahamson has made some of the most astute images of 21st-century Dublin and its buildings in Adam & Paul (starring Tom Murphy and Mark O’Halloran, pictured) and What Richard Did.

Director Lenny Abrahamson has made some of the most astute images of 21st-century Dublin and its buildings in Adam & Paul (starring Tom Murphy and Mark O’Halloran, pictured) and What Richard Did.

Ever since New York established the Mayor’s Office of Motion Pictures and Television in 1966, cities worldwide have sought to develop and shape their film and media image as a source of artistic inspiration, revenue and employment. Dublin needs to do more in this area as it enters a period of renewed growth and change, as well as thinking about housing units, office space and transport.

Dublin City Council’s city development plan 2016-2022, which is being finalised, seems progressive on sustain-Dublin-ability, livability, technological innovation and arts, such as literature and theatre. But where the plan discusses “the city’s image and branding”, its emphasis on investment and tourism ignores how cameras see the city and distribute its image around the globe.

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