A brand new website showcasing Liverpool as one of the UK’s top filming locations has launched.
For the first time, the new site – www.liverpoolfilmoffice.tv – details the hundreds of movies, television programmes, adverts and music videos, which have been filmed in Liverpool. This dates back to as far as 1896 when a film called Liverpool Scenes was shot in the city by Alexandre Promio for the Lumiere Brothers. It’s the earliest recorded footage of Liverpool’s Lime Street Station and the electric Overhead Railway.
The list is bang up to date and includes details of the movie Noble which is currently being filmed in the city and tells the true story of a woman who overcame her horrific childhood in the slums to help underprivileged children in Vietnam and Mongolia.
A dedicated You Tube channel which shows examples of different filming has also been set up, ranging from a McCain’s pizza advert from 1994, a music video for The Coral’s Dreaming of You right through to BBC drama Good Cop and Hollywood blockbuster Captain America.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Year on year, we’ve seen an increase in the number of productions coming to the city.
“The feedback we get from producers is that they want to return to the city again and again – not just because of the amazing variety of locations but because of the advice and support they receive from the Film Office team.”
“This new website allows industry experts, as well as the general public, a real insight into the work of this city council team in attracting people to film in the city, and also the extent of the portfolio over the years which is huge.
“Already in 2013, a movie is being filmed in the city along with a national advert to be aired on Channel 4, so it looks set to be another bumper year making Liverpool one of the most popular filming locations in the UK.”
The website is also a one stop shop for producers looking to film in the city – giving details of the variety of locations available, advice on crew and facility options, information about local casting agencies and recommendations for where units can be based.
There is also an option for businesses, community groups, schools or even residents to register their location or home as a potential filming venue.
In 2012, filming levels increased by 22 per cent on the previous year, with 894 filming days taking place in the city. In total, 227 films, programmes and adverts were filmed – bringing in £19million to the local economy.
Find out the latest by ‘liking’ the Liverpool Film Office page on Facebook or follow FilmLiverpool on Twitter.