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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 2: The Magnet (1950)

Slide 2: The Magnet (1950)

Ealing movies were predominantly set in London (such as the landmark comedies like The Lavender Hill Mob, The Ladykillers and Passport to Pimlico) or given some quaint rural setting (see Whiskey Galore!, The Maggie and The Titfield Thunderbolt), however the Merseyside-set The Magnet diverged from that usual formula. A comic tale of Catholic guilt, director Charles Frend's film centers on Johnny (James Fox), a young boy who obtains a magnet by dishonest means, then is overcome by such remorse that he believes his actions caused the death of a TB patient and so decides to run away from the seaside town of New Brighton to nearby Liverpool. Though large chunks of the film were shot in Liverpool and nearby Birkenhead, the actors were predominantly not local – with the exception of the gang of boys who Johnny meets near the end of the film – meaning that the accents are mostly not authentically Scouse.