New chapter for
Liverpool Film Office
LIVERPOOL'S reputation as
one of the most filmed Cities in the UK is set to be a real page
turner. World Film Locations: Liverpool is a brand new glossy book
launched on Wednesday, 25 September 2013. It recognises that outside
of London, no other British City has attracted more film makers than
Liverpool. It focuses on Liverpool's ability to double as other
cities from across the world, including New York, Chicago, Paris,
Rome and Moscow; this being a major draw for film makers. Published
by Intellect, it charts Liverpool's cinematic history, dating 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 book includes Captain
America, which was one of the
last major Hollywood blockbuster to be filmed in the City in 2012.
This publication, which costs
£15.50, is the latest in a series of books which have covered
locations including New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and
Manager of Liverpool's Film Office, Lynn Saunders, said:- "We
were absolutely over the moon when we found out that Intellect were
publishing a book about Liverpool. It's great to get national
recognition for the filming which takes place in Liverpool, and
we're certainly in good company with the other locations which
appear in the series. The diversity of this City has always appealed
to film makers and we've had a huge number of movies filmed here;
from big budget productions such as Harry Potter and the Deathly
State and Sherlock Holmes right
through to critically acclaimed films Nowhere Boy and Of Time in the
City. And looking ahead, we've already got some exciting film
projects in the pipeline which will once again put Liverpool on the
map as one of the filming cities in the UK."
Jessica Pennock from publisher Intellect said:- "Outside of
London, no other British City has attracted more film makers than
Liverpool. The City is a place of passion, humour and pride and
World Film Locations: Liverpool, published by Intellect, explores
why the City has endured as a cinematic destination."
The book was officially launched on Wednesday, 25 September 2013, at
OhMeOhMy, by Liverpool born actress Rita Tushingham who is both a
Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner.
In 2012, filming levels increased by 22% 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
Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "I think people will be amazed
when they see the number, and scope, of all the films which have
been shot in the City. It's fantastic that the rich variety of
locations in the City is perfect for directors and producers, but
the appeal of filming here is also to do with the fantastic Film
Office team who go above and beyond to meet the needs of the cast
The launch has been organised in partnership with Edge Hill
Professor Roger Shannon from the University said:- "I'm
delighted that Liverpool is now featured in the famous 'World Film
Locations' series along with New York, Berlin, Paris and London to
recognise the central role the City continues to play 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 highly appropriate to see it recognised in
this way. Having a chapter in the book also allows me to reflect on
my own experiences of producing films in the City."
liverpoolfilmoffice.tv to find
a full list of everything filmed in the City to date.
If you want to order the book the
ISBN is:- 9781783200269.
Down Fires and Crime
ON Tuesday, 24 September
2013, Operation Beachsafe was hailed a success again. The Operation
has been running for a few years now on parts of the Merseyside
Coastline and, as Partners involved in the Operation have said, it
is clearly helping to reduce crime and deliberate fires on Sefton's
coastline over the summer months.
The campaign ran from March to September and although there was an
increase this year in visitors to Sefton's coast over the summer
months, the number of incidents was down.
Crime as a whole reduced by 6.7% on Sefton's coastline compared to
last year, with violent crime down by 21%, while criminal damage and
arson were both down by 12%. There was a 3% increase in anti-social
behaviour compared to last year, with 479 incidents reported,
however this is still a marked reduction on the 528 incidents in
It follows the success of Operation Beachsafe last year which saw
overall crime and anti-social behaviour cut by a third compared to
the year before.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended and recorded 41
deliberate fires along the coastline during the campaign, which was
9 fewer than last year. Throughout August there were no deliberate
fires in the beach areas.
Operation Beachsafe involves a number of partners who work together
to tackle issues including crime, anti-social behaviour, lighting
fires, lighting barbecues, underage drinking as well as camping
along the beaches, National Trust areas and Sites of Special
Partners included Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service, Sefton Council, The National Trust, Sefton's Coast and
Countryside Rangers, RNLI lifeguards, British Transport Police,
Councillors and parish Councillors.
The RNLI recorded that from mid-May to the first week in September
there were 409,326 beach users on Sefton's beaches in 2013. During
that time the RNLI attended 496 incidents in Sefton and aided 1,896
Formby, Ainsdale and Birkdale Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Atherton,
said:- "I am pleased to say Sefton's 2013 Beachsafe Operation
has again been a resounding success. This is thanks to the planning
and teamwork of everyone involved. The key message was we would
welcome those who came to enjoy the area and respect the community
but would not tolerate those involved in crime and anti-social
behaviour. This robust approach was reflected in the vast majority
of alcohol seizures from the 379 units total being in the early part
of the operation in the Formby area setting the tone for the
operation. The most challenging part of the operation on the hottest
days was parking especially in the Formby area for visitors and
residents. This is a long-term problem being looked at by the local
Councillors, residents, National Trust and Sefton Council in
partnership with the emergency services."
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service carried out high visibility
patrols on quad bikes with partners, including Merseyside Police,
Sefton Coast and Countryside and the National Trust.
Rob Pritchard, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Sefton District
Manager, said:- "It is fantastic to see the number of
deliberate fires along the coastline reduced this year. People are
evidently taking notice of the key safety messages and are enjoying
the Sefton coastline in a safe way. The partnership work with other
organisations has been successful in helping to reduce the number of
incidents in the borough. We will continue to develop that work to
keep Sefton a pleasant, safe place for people to visit over the
Councillor Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Children,
Schools, Families and Leisure, said:- "We are very proud of
the Sefton coastline and all that it offers and believe it should be
enjoyed safely by people of all ages. With the exceptionally good
summer many people have visited our many beaches and it is very
pleasing to see the success of Operation Beachsafe. This clearly
shows adopting a multi-agency approach can yield positive results
which in turn benefits everyone."
Parish Councillor Mike Coles, of Formby Parish Council, said:-
"The Formby Parish Council has been proud to be one of the founder
members who developed the idea with the Police and it has proved to
be a great success. It is the result of everyone working hard to a
common objective, for people to come and enjoy the environment
safely and securely. This summer has been a good one and yet the
incidents reported to the Police are down. There will be problems
with parking to some degree but the changes that were made have
ensured that emergency vehicles have had access and we have avoided
the problems of the past. At the first meeting of 2014 it is planned
to discuss car parking as an urgent priority, to see what
improvements can be made, and we will do what we can to help."