Northern Ireland

Kevin Hart’s Belfast-shot Netflix comedy Lift to hit screens on Friday

Comedy heist movie is the second Netflix film to be filmed in Northern Ireland

Netflix comedy heist film Lift was shot in Belfast and other locations across the north in 2022. Picture: Netflix

A heist movie filmed in the north and starring US comedian Kevin Hart is to hit screens this week.

The Netflix film Lift was shot on location in Belfast and parts of counties Antrim, Derry and Down in 2022.

Directed by F. Gary Gray and with Hart as a joint producer, the production team shot scenes at Belfast’s famous Crown bar, along with the Titanic Hotel and Ulster University. The production base was Belfast’s Harbour Studios.

Kevin Hart filming outside the Crown Bar in Belfast's Great Victoria Street. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA

Filming also took place at Bangor’s Ward Park, Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly, and Ardglass Harbour among other locations.

During his stay in Belfast, Hart performed three surprise stand-up shows in the city’s Limelight venue, and was also pictured enjoying pints of Guinness with his family at the Kitchen Bar.

Kevin Hart with wife Eniko Parrish and his children at Belfast's Kitchen Bar on Saturday. Picture: Kevin Hart Facebook

Lift, which also features Full Metal Jacket and Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio and No Time to Die’s Billy Magnussen, tells the story of an international heist gang’s attempts to steal $500 million in gold from a passenger plane.

It is the second Netflix film to be shot in the north, following 2022′s The School for Good and Evil.

Lift will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday.

CEO of Northern Ireland Screen, Richard Williams said: “Lift is the second film that Netflix has shot in Northern Ireland in recent years and that is testament to the talented local crew working behind the camera. The dedication and craftmanship of the local crew complemented the work of global players Kevin Hart and F.Gary Gray to bring this eagerly anticipated film to life.”