Autumn might have arrived, but it seems filming is still thundering along at a gale force pace!
Fox searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have brought Tolkein to film on location in and around Liverpool over the coming weeks. The film’s script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford focuses on the author’s early years as he finds friendship, love, and artistic which influenced his writing and the creation of one of the greatest literary trilogies of all time- “the Lord of the Rings”. The team were out in force earlier last month recruiting extras for the project which is set to star Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins and our film office team are working with the production team behind the film, on what promises to be an amazing project.
Sky 1 have also recently confirmed a new commission called Bulletproof and which will be filming on location in and around Liverpool this autumn and spring and stars Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters as police duo, Bishop and Pike. The show promises to be packed full of humour, action and emotion, centring on the relationships between fathers and sons and is about friendship, conspiracies and ghosts from the past.
Cllr Wendy Simon said: “We are one of the most filmed cities outside of London and production companies are a regular sight on our streets.
“We have a huge amount to offer production companies – amazing and diverse locations and a dedicated Film Office that delivers what directors and producers want.
“There is huge potential for the future which is why we have ambitious plans for a film studio on Edge Lane which would deliver jobs and other economic benefits.”
Liverpool Film Office saw a very busy 2016/2017 and our screens are set to be graced with some hard hitting high quality TV drama in the coming weeks and months and includes; The City and The City from Mammoth Screen for the BBC with local Actor David Morrissey taking the lead role.
A top trailer for series 4 of Peaky Blinders by Tiger Aspect Drama production for BBC Two, has dropped on the internet last week with an actual transmission date to be confirmed soon. The show is represented internationally by Endemol Shine International, has sold in 163 countries and airs on Netflix in the US.
This week sees ‘Timewasters’, a comedy debut on ITV2, about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats and which was shot entirely on location in Liverpool.
There is excitement around the general release of ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ which hits cinemas on 17th November 2017, starring Annette Benning, Jamie Bell, Stephen Graham and Julie Walters, the film has to date received critical acclaim within the film industry festival circuit with rumours flying around of Oscar nominations in the making.
Eagle eyes might also have recognised the city appear once again in a recent, ITV1 prime time drama Safe House 2, which shot on location in and around Liverpool during the summer of 2016.
The city’s talents don’t end with the City’s locations and Film Office services, local Production Company LA Productions, have been nominated in the TV Movie/Mini-Series category at the International Emmy Awards for REG, the story made for BBC1 and which follows the journey of Reg Keys on a journey of grief and defiance after his son Tom Keys is one of six RMP’s murdered in Al Majar, Iraq.