It’s not unusual for people in this city to experience a strange feeling of déjà-vu when visiting the cinema. The reason for this is because Liverpool’s the UK’s most filmed location outside of London. Most weeks of the year you will stumble across a film crew in the Georgian Quarter and other key locations across the city.
Stanley Dock’s imposing former warehouses, which are grade II listed, were the backdrop for much of the Hollywood blockbuster Sherlock Holmes, which starred Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law. They also featured in the superhero spectacular Captain America: The First Avenger. More recently, Stanley Dock has played its part in the highly acclaimed TV series, Peaky Blinders.
The splendor of Liverpool’s Town Hall has been front and centre for too many movies to mention here. Probably the best known is Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire and The Hunt for Red October, starring everyone’s favourite Bond, Sean Connery, as well as the action-packed Jack Ryan, starring the multi-talented Kenneth Branagh.
In 2016, the film Florence Foster Jenkins hit our screens. The movie starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant is based on a real-life story of New York heiress, Florence Foster Jenkins who became an opera singer notorious for her lack of singing skills. The film is set in 1940s New York, however the street you see are actually those of Liverpool. The film stars can be seen stepping out of Liverpool's Royal Liver Building and walking amongst the city centre. New Brighton and Wirral also featured in the film.
Deep below the famous River Mersey lies the Birkenhead Tunnel, which played a starring role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, released in 2010 and grossing over £300 million. In 2012 the tunnel was also the scene of crowds of petrolheads, who gathered to experience a scene-stealing, high octane chase in Fast and Furious 6 - the latest and most successful movie in the car-racing series.
Away from the petrolhead scene, Falkner Street is another key location for filming, situated in the heart of Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter and close to the city’s world famous cathedrals. Falkner Street has been doubled for period London on the big and small screen. The locals are well accustomed to seeing their striking neighbourhood featured in TV drama series’ such as Foyles War and Peaky Blinders.
So keep your eyes peeled for the film crews and your cameras handy for capturing the magic!