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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 8: Hilary and Jackie (1998)

Slide 8: Hilary and Jackie (1998)

Later in the 1990s, Liverpool was also used for another film about a musical genius, in this case a biopic of the prodigiously talented cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Hilary and Jackie featured Emily Watson as du Pré and Rachel Griffiths as her sister Hilary – both earning Oscar nominations for their performances – but in some ways the true star of the film was Liverpool and the greater Merseyside area. Director Anand Tucker used the city and surrounding countryside with remarkable creativity, employing cultural spaces such as the Walker Art Gallery and St. George's Hall, Formby Sands for beach scenes and, most impressively, George's Dock to double as Moscow, for the scenes depicting the period when du Pré studied under master cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in the mid-60s.