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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 6: Hear My Song (1991)

Slide 6: Hear My Song (1991)

In the early 1990s, the world was rapt by the wondrous talents of the Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo – and so the time was ripe for a movie about a great tenor from times past. Peter Chelsom's Hear My Song, however, was far from a straightforward take on the great Irish tenor Josef Locke: the singer had disappeared from public life after troubles with the taxman, and in Chelsom's movie fictional Liverpool nightclub owner Micky O'Neil (Adrian Dunbar) tries to save his ailing establishment by booking the enigmatic Mr X. (Ned Beatty), who may or may not be Locke. Ironically, life imitated art as the success of the movie prompted the real Locke to come out of hiding to perform for the Prince and Princess of Wales at the 1992 Royal Variety Show, singing "Goodbye" as his final public performance.