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Mersey Movies

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 1: Introduction
Slide 2: The Magnet (1950)
Slide 3: Gumshoe (1971)
Slide 4: Letter to Brezhnev (1985)
Slide 5: Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
Slide 6: Hear My Song (1991)
Slide 7: Backbeat (1994)
Slide 8: Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Slide 9: Formula 51 (2001)
Slide 10: The Parole Officer (2001)
Slide 11: Millions (2004)
Slide 11: Millions (2004)

Slide 11: Millions (2004)

Years before he made Slumdog Millionaire, director Danny Boyle told another story of an impoverished youngster who hits the jackpot. Written by Liverpudlian scribe Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions tells the story of Damian (Alex Etel), a boy obsessed by saints who discovers a bag of stuffed full of money which he believes came from God, and starts using it to do good deeds for others. Set in Widnes – a working class town 13 miles east of Liverpool – Boyle's movie was shot in several locations in the Merseyside area, including Liverpool's Lime Street Station. The heartwarming film was only a modest hit commercially but received great reviews, notably being chosen by Roger Ebert as one of his favorite films of the year.