July 16, 2021

THE Irish film and television industry is in for an “unprecedented” hit, with an unprecedented number of people being hit by a boycott, an industry insider has said.

The Irish Film and Television Board has called on producers and distributors to stop selling Irish films and TV series and “stop tweeting about Irish films”, which they have long been accused of promoting nationalism.

The boycott is being described by the board as a “tough but necessary” move by the Irish industry, which has been hit by the recent attacks on the film industry by the Government and the Irish Republican Army.

A total of 4,622 people have been threatened with a boycott in the last three months, which was the most ever recorded, according to the Irish Film Industry Board (IFIB).

This follows an earlier boycott of a number of Irish productions in June, which saw the Irish film market plunge by more than 10 per cent.

The IFIB said it was concerned that some Irish productions were “too political” and were being marketed as “political propaganda”.

“The Irish film business has been in crisis for many years.

The financial crisis has been a huge setback for the Irish economy.

“In particular, the Government has made it clear that any film and TV shows that glorify nationalism and promote the nationalist cause are no longer to be sold in Ireland,” the IFIB added.”

The ban on imports of Irish films, TV shows and music is to start from this Friday, with the IFib calling on producers, distributors and broadcasters to cease tweeting about their films and to stop tweeting about “nationalism, nationalism and nationalism”.”

In particular, the Government has made it clear that any film and TV shows that glorify nationalism and promote the nationalist cause are no longer to be sold in Ireland,” the IFIB added.

The ban on imports of Irish films, TV shows and music is to start from this Friday, with the IFib calling on producers, distributors and broadcasters to cease tweeting about their films and to stop tweeting about “nationalism, nationalism and nationalism”.

The Irish government has promised to bring the industry back on track by bringing in a new director general and an independent regulator to review the sector.

The Government also announced that a new industry body will be set up to ensure that the Irish films industry is “transparent” and is run by “non-partisan” members.

“The Government is committed to the return of the industry to the forefront of the economy and will be announcing a new body to ensure transparency and accountability of the sector,” it added.

Irish Independent

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