Copyright Allan Esler Smith 2013


Northern Ireland’s growing reputation as a leading global film-making location received a major boost on 10 October 2012 as the First and deputy First Minister officially launched an £8.3m extension to Titanic Studios at Titanic Quarter.   The addition of two new sound stages will establish Titanic Studios as one of the largest and most modern film and television production sets in Europe. The stages have been named in honour of film directors, Brian Desmond Hurst and William MacQuitty.   Speaking at the launch ceremony Allan Esler Smith said “Northern Ireland has always had a depth of creative talent, with some of our most famous exports being actors and film-makers who have travelled the world to make movies. It is a source of great pride that we now have these world-class film and television production sets on our doorstep, and it is a great honour for the families of Brian Desmond Hurst and William MacQuitty to have these new studios named after them.”


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Guests at the official opening of the Hurst and MacQuitty sound stages

Guests at the official opening of the Hurst and MacQuitty sound stages


Left to right: Game of Throne Guard, Rick Hill Chairman of Northern Ireland Screen, Allan Esler Smith, Miranda MacQuitty, Martin McGuinness Deputy First Minister, Peter Robinson First Minister, Marion Smith MBE, David Gavaghan CEO Titanic Quarter, Robert Hurst, Game of Throne Guard
Photo Courtesy - Michael Cooper


Martin McGuiness Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland and Peter Robinson First Minister of Northern Ireland open The Hurst MacQuitty Sound Stages flanked by Guards from Game of Thrones being filmed inside. Courtesy: Michael Cooper