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Mersey Movies

Updated November 20, 2009

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 1: Introduction

Slide 1: Introduction

Liverpool's greatest cultural contribution is arguably in the field of music – from the Mersey Sound and the Beatles in the 60s to Echo & the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood to modern day bands like The Coral and the Zutons – but it also has a considerable claim to be a major movie city too. Over the years, numerous film productions have used the city city as a backdrop (sometimes even pretending it was Russia), and there has been an impressive diversity in the movies that dropped anchor on Merseyside. In this whistle-stop tour of Liverpool-set flicks, we take you from a 1950 Ealing comedy not set in Ealing all the way through to the movie about an unlikely young millionaire that he made long before he made Slumdog.