An influential film expert from Edge Hill University has contributed to a new book on Liverpool’s unique film locations, which is to be launched in the city this month.
Outside of the capital of London, no other British city has attracted more filmmakers than Liverpool. Sometimes standing in for London, New York or Moscow, and sometimes playing itself – or a version of its own past in Beatles biopics – Liverpool is an adaptable filmic backdrop that has attracted filmmakers to its port for decades.
The new publication, which is part of the internationally renowned World Film Locations series, looks at the relationship between the city and cinema and contains maps, film stills and photographs.
Professor Roger Shannon, who has 35 years’ experience in the industry in various roles including film festival director, funding head and broadcaster, has a chapter in the Liverpool edition, giving his personal perspective as a film producer.
“My chapter in the book, A Case of Coup de Foudre, explores what I call the ‘love at first sight’ relationship between Liverpool and film. The city’s locations are adored by directors,” explained Professor Shannon. “When they arrive they are blown away by its stunning architecture, vibrancy and creative culture. Many of the period buildings are well preserved and are historically diverse enough to be filmed for Victorian, Edwardian and 1960’s settings; and even substituting for other cities.”
The book will be officially launched by Edge Hill University in the city centre on 25th September, in conjunction with Liverpool Film Office and Intellect Books. It will be attended by Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award winner Liverpool-born actress Rita Tushingham, and the Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Gary Millar
Professor Shannon said: “I’m delighted that Liverpool is now featured along with cities such as New York, Paris, Berlin and London in the world famous series to recognise the central role it plays in a multitude of films, helping us to frame our understanding of place and of the world around us. Liverpool acts as a vital character in helping to tell a story and it’s nice to see it recognised in this way. Having a chapter in the book also allows me to reflect on my own experiences of producing work in the city.”
The World Film Locations series is published by Intellect Books. Click here for further information about the book. www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5026.
Other books in the series have been praised by cinema luminaries including film critic Roger Ebert, Peter Bradshaw film reviewer for The Guardian, and Oscar-nominated director Gotz Spielman.
Bay TV Liverpool interviews Professor Roger Shannon on at the launch of new book World Film Locations: Liverpool, and talks about why Liverpool is the one of the most filmed cities in the world. Watch the full video here.