Birthplace to the Beatles, two Premier League football clubs, and now home to filming – Liverpool has become one of the UK’s most popular destinations for shooting both TV and cinema productions after a busy year on the big screen. With years of being recognised as a prime location in the film industry under its belt, the city’s successful sector has reached the height of its career with 289 film and TV projects filming in Liverpool just last year in 2017.

The Liverpool Film Office has revealed it experienced its most successful year yet with a total of 1,359 days of filming taking place on Liverpool’s streets. Giving the local economy an immense injection in the form of £11.1 million, this Northern region is going from strength to strength as it records growth in yet another triumphant industry and attracts the best in the business when it comes to production.

One film made in Liverpool is Tolkien, an American biographical drama starring well-known names such as X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. Turning the stunning backdrop into a film set, scenes took place in buildings such as Liverpool Town Hall, Exchange Flags and St George’s Hall’s iconic Steble Fountain. Co-producer Sarada Mcdermott stated that Liverpool was the perfect location to film key scenes for their production. “The area around St George’s Hall provided us with the period shots we needed, and the space allowed us to create a brand-new set to meet our needs,” she said.


Liverpool Filming

Additionally, Film Stars Don’t Lie is a BAFTA-nominated movie based on the life of famous Hollywood actress Gloria Graeme and features Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters. Selecting areas in and around the Liverpool suburb Aigburth for the majority of filming, Liverpool’s Princes Street was transformed into a New York style avenue in a reflection of the city’s versatility.

It isn’t just films but also TV which is heading to Liverpool with BBC Two’s hit series Peaky Blinders filming on Crosby Beach on the outskirts of Liverpool. Winning several awards and now into its fourth season, the northern city is honoured that its natural landscape has been chosen to feature in such a popular drama with an audience of over 2.4 million viewers

Peaky Blinders
Image Credit: BBC

Also filming in Liverpool is Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute which returns to Liverpool Women’s Hospital for yet another season. With its mums-to-be boasting endearing personalities and unique humour, it’s clear that Liverpool’s people are also playing a role in appealing to top UK broadcasters. The channel which has been transmitting since 1982 may also be relocating its headquarters to the city as it appears in the shortlist for a new HQ.

Other big shows heading to Liverpool filming locations include the International Emmy award nominated Broken which shot scenes in Sefton and ITV’s Timewasters amongst Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor, and The Real Housewives of Cheshire. A little closer to home, All 4’s The £1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street was another show taking to our screens focused on Liverpool Council’s unique housing scheme in Wavertree. With Liverpool properties becoming a popular choice for buyers, the series proved an interesting take on housing in the city whilst also underscoring Liverpool as a go-to location for film.

One of the most common reasons for filming in Liverpool is the available space and buildings on offer providing perfect environments for directors shooting anything from a London documentary to an Eastern European film. Amidst relentless regeneration seeing modern new builds arrive on Liverpool’s property scene, the city has managed to successfully retain its period architecture which proves popular with historical dramas and can be recycled across many variations of film. Georgian-style terraces, neo-classical structures and Grade I and II listed buildings are just some of the architectural gems creating variety and dynamics amongst Liverpool’s everchanging landscape. The wide-ranging style of structures presents production teams with ease and flexibility when wanting to capture quality footage in the shortest time possible to save time and money.

Georgian Street

A five-year plan is being developed across the city to uphold and increase the current level of investment being ploughed into Liverpool’s film industry. Creating thousands of jobs currently, many more will be produced as the sector grows in size and worth. As one of the most filmed locations outside of London, Liverpool plans to keep tight hold of its appeal to production companies in what is a truly exciting time for city with breakthrough projects such as a War of the Worlds TV adaptation confirmed for 2019.

Written by Laura Howard | 11th July 2018

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