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Posted November 20, 2009 to photo album "Mersey Movies"
FilmInFocus’ Nick Dawson picks out 10 films made in Liverpool that demonstrate the city’s diverse cinematic history.
Slide 10: The Parole Officer (2001)
In the 1990s, Hamlet 2 star Steve Coogan created a number of wild and wacky comic personas on British TV – most notably Alan Partridge, Paul and Pauline Calf, and Tony Ferrino – but for the first feature film he and writing partner Henry Normal penned, he did something nobody expected: he wrote his character as an everyday guy. The Parole Officer doesn't feature any excessive antics from Coogan but delivers great entertainment as a smart, fun comedy caper movie about a very mediocre parole officer (Coogan) who is framed for murder and must clear his name by stealing a CCTV tape showing the killing. Though set in Manchester, the entire movie was shot in Liverpool, and the bank which has the vital videotape in its vault is in fact the now defunct Bank of England branch on the city's Castle Street.