EXCLUSIVE: Netflix filming at Shackleton Barracks, Ballykelly

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix filming at Shackleton Barracks, Ballykelly

US actor/comedian Kevin Hart has been spotted filming scenes for heist comedy 'Lift' at Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly.

Netflix & HartBeat Productions descended upon the village within the last 48 hours.  

The producer team includes Genre Pictures’ Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon; Hart and Brian Smiley for HartBeat Productions and Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan for 6th & Idaho.

Eagle-eyed fans told Causeway Coast Community that there is a 'hive of activity in the village'.

Last week the crew were filming scenes around Belfast.  

Hart will play a master thief who is wooed by his ex-girlfriend and the FBI to pull off an impossible heist with his international crew on a 777 flying from London to Zurich.

Councillor Darryl Wilson said "It's more than encouraging to learn that one of the top actors and comedians in the world, Kevin Hart is here working and filming in the Borough.

"Going forward we should embrace and expand upon the unlimited potential we have to facilitate film and TV series production due to our highly skilled workforce and of course stunning locations which are the envy of the rest of the world. I look forward to seeing the completed works on Netflix in the future."

Shackleton Barracks is a former British military installation at Ballykelly.

The site formerly known as RAF Ballykelly was handed over to the British Army as Shackleton Barracks on 2 June 1971.

Battalion HQ and HQ Company of the 5th Battalion, Ulster Defence Regiment arrived there shortly after the barracks opened. During Operation Demetrius, between 1971 and 1972, the facilities operated as an interrogation centre where torture techniques were alleged to have been used.

The village of Ballykelly suffered badly in 1982 with the Droppin Well bombing which resulted in the loss of eighteen lives including both local civilians and soldiers from Shackleton Barracks. 5th Battalion, Ulster Defence Regiment moved out in 1992.

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