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51st State

Made in Liverpool - the 51st State

Liverpool's architecture and eclectic mix of cultural landmarks has become the premier pick for movie moguls scouting for locations. We looked at some of the movies and tv shows made in Liverpool and found a few Hollywood surprises!
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There is a strong history of filmmaking in Liverpool which goes back 100 years to the Lumiere Brothers who shot their 'Scenes of Liverpool' in 1896.

The film industry generates millions of pounds for the local economy and provides employment for many skilled workers.

Much of Liverpool's success is due to the free service provided by Liverpool Film Office.

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Could be Chicago, Dublin, Paris or Moscow - but no, they fooled's actually Liverpool, the most filmed city in Britain outside London. Whether doubling for the back-alley fire escapes of New York City or the cobbled streets of a Victorian period drama, Liverpool's broad spectrum of concert halls, cathedrals, stately homes, synagogues, roman buildings, and courtrooms make for the perfect low-cost solution for filmmakers. Locations such as St George's Hall, Canning St, Castle St, and the Docks have co-starred alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

Liver Buildings
The Liver Buildings

The Liverpool Film Office have recently produced a full colour movie map caled 'Boomtown' which details some of the high profile pictures that have been made or shot scenes in the city.

Get your copy here.

Here's a few examples so you can impress yer mates next time you're about town:

In the Name of The Father (1993) :
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis.
The courtroom and the prison cells inside St George's Hall were used to shoot the interior court and prison scenes. The exterior of Liverpool museum was used for the famous scene where Daniel Day-Lewis is released from prison, and Canning St was the location for his 'London' squat.

Parole Officer (2001) :
Starring: Steve Coogan.
The former Bank of England building on Castle Street was used for the scenes where Coogan has to break into a bank vault.

Liverpool can double as many cities.

The Hunt for Red October (1989) :
Starring: Sean Connery.
A snowy Moscow street was created using the neo-classical grandeur of William Brown St, and a lot of artificial snow. Take a look in the movie, it's true!

From period dramas to 50's gangsters.

The 51st State (2001) :
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson.
City centre locations including Water Street, Dale Street, Liverpool Football Club and the India Buildings were featured.

Other Movie Highlights
Revengers Tragedy (2001)
Parole Officer (2001)
The 51st State (2001)
Al's Lads (2000)
Goin' Off Big Time (1999)
An Awfully Big Adventure (1994)
Back Beat (1993)
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Hear My Song (1992)
Let Him Have It (1991)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
The Hunt for Red October (1989)
Letter to Brezhnev (1985)
Yentl (1983)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Help (1965)
A Hard Days Night (1964)

TV Highlights
Grange Hill (2002)
Forsyte Saga (2001)
Nice Guy Eddie (2001)
David Copperfield, BBC (1999)
Noel's House Party (1999)
Big Breakfast (1999)
Airline (1998)
Peak Practice (1997)
Brookside, Mersey TV (1996)
And the Beat Goes On (1996)
Hollyoaks, Mersey TV (1996)
This Morning (1987-96)
Blood on the Dole (1994)
Hearts and Minds (1994)
Prime Suspect 4 (1994)
Leaving of Liverpool (1991)
GBH (1990)
Watching, Granada (1990)
Scully (1984)
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four
Boys from the Blackstuff (1982)
Brookside (1982-present)
The Liver Birds (1969-78)
'Z' Cars (1960-1978)

You can get your own copy of the fantastic 'Boomtown' map from the Liverpool Film Office, Pioneer Buildings, 65-67 Dale St, Liverpool, L2 2NS, Tel: 0151 291 9191.

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