Liverpool's star turn as
Fantastic Beasts hits cinemas
THERE are just hours to go until
Liverpool doubles as New York in what is 1 of the most hotly anticipated films
On Friday, 18 November 2016, the wizarding world of Fantastic Beasts and Where
to Find Them hits the big screen, with Liverpool taking a starring role in J.K.
Rowling's screenwriting debut, made by Warner Bros Studios.
The movie is a new adventure set in 1926, just as Newt Scamander, played by
Oscar winning Eddie Redmayne, completes a global excursion to find and document
an extraordinary array of magical creatures.
Liverpool Film Office was instrumental in securing the City's role as the only
none studio location. In the 1st of the 5 film franchise, 2 of the City's iconic
buildings, Cunard Building and St George's Hall, play a leading role.
Director of the film, David Yates, said: David Yates, Director said:-
"Liverpool is a wonderful place to film, the locations, the people, the welcome
we felt and support we had when making Fantastic Beasts in the City was 2nd to
Producer David Heyman said:- "We were thrilled to film Fantastic Beasts
And Where To Find Them in Liverpool, a City which has such fond memories for me.
St George's Hall and the Cunard Building gave us exactly what we wanted, and the
people there, the City itself was so supportive, and the film office was
incredible. It was a great experience."
When quoted for an 'Oh My God Britain' campaign, lead actor Eddie
Redmayne, said:- "My OMGB moment was probably shooting in Liverpool.
That's a City that I just love and I find endlessly inspiring for its history
and for its architecture and we had the most wonderful time there."
Also collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are:- Oscar winning director of
photography Philippe Rousselot (A River Runs Through It, the Sherlock Holmes
movies), 3 time Oscar winning production designer Stuart Craig (The English
Patient, Dangerous Liaisons, Gandhi, the Harry Potter films), 3 time Oscar
winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Alice in
Wonderland), Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (Gladiator, the
Harry Potter films), Oscar nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz
(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1), and Yates' long time editor
Mark Day (the last four Harry Potter films).
Film Office manager, Lynn Saunders, said:-
"A huge amount of planning went into the 9 day shoot in the City. There were
more than 1,100 cast, crew and extras, and with 18 months preparation we ensured
all aspects of the filming ran as smoothly as it possibly could. Achieving such
a smooth operation did not just magically happen like Newt Scamander's Fantastic
Beasts, it was the result of working in partnership with the wider City Council,
local businesses and anyone who lives or works in the immediate vicinity of the
2 filming locations. Luckily, accommodating filming in the City is something
we're all used to and we'll always do everything we can to meet the needs of any
production that comes here."
Cabinet Member responsible for the Film Office, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:-
"We were 1 of many locations the production team looked at, so for us to
come out on top is a testament to the expertise, experience and enthusiasm of
our Film Office team, packaged with the stunning venues we have to offer. We are
no stranger to big movies being filmed on the City streets, but without a doubt,
this new adventure will create a real buzz and re-emphasise Liverpool's
reputation as 1 of the most filmed Cities outside London."
For more information about Liverpool Film Office, or to see a special film
showcasing some of their work, visit:-
Action targeting drivers who
use their mobile phones
MERSEYSIDE Police are taking part in a
National Week of Action targeting drivers who use their mobile phones whilst
driving. The campaign, the 2nd 1 of its kind in 2016, will continue until
Sunday, and has seen Officers on motorcycles and unmarked cars and vans
throughout Merseyside, as the Force looks to highlight the risks and serious
penalties of being distracted by mobile phones.
Department for Transport figures show that a
driver impaired or distracted by their phone was a contributory factor in 492
accidents in Britain in 2014, including 21 that were fatal and 84 classed as
Sergeant Dave Yorke from Merseyside Police
Roads Policing Department said:- "This campaign demonstrates the resolve
of Police Forces in tackling this issue and to highlight to all drivers that the
possibility of being prosecuted whilst using a mobile phone will be greatly
increased. In 2015 over 2700 drivers on Merseyside were stopped using their
mobile phones while driving, an offence which can and does contribute to serious
road traffic collisions. This week of action is to highlight the issue to people
who may be guilty of using their devices, but we are continually on the lookout
for these offences all year. Don't take the risk: using a mobile phone
significantly reduces your driving ability and a lack of concentration because
you are using your mobile phone; whether to make a call, send a text message or
check social media; can have severe consequences for yourself and others."
This operation has already seen a number of vehicles stopped and penalties
issued figures will be available soon. The 1st NPCC national mobile phone
campaign of 2016, held in May, saw when a total of 2,418 vehicles stopped and
2,323 mobile phone offences detected.
The Department for Transport recently sought
feedback on proposed changes to the offence of using a hand held mobile phone
whilst driving. Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones are likely to face
much tougher penalties. New rules expected to come in in 2017 will see fines and
A 2016 annual report on motoring by the RAC
suggests the number of motorists who illegally use mobile phones, while at the
wheel is rising. 1,714 motorists were surveyed and 31% of motorists said they
used a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014.
The number of drivers who said they sent a
message or posted on social media rose from 7% to 19%, while 14% said they had
taken a photograph or video while driving.
17 year old male assaulted
in Southport's Cambridge Arcade
A 32 year old Arthur Rutter, from
Southport, has been charged with wounding after an investigation into an
incident in Southport's Cambridge Arcade. The incident took place on Sunday, 13
November 2016, at around 2.05pm. We are told that the victim, who is reported to
have been aged 17. He was in Cambridge Arcade when he was approached and
attacked with a sharp object causing a laceration to his neck. The victim was
taken to hospital and treated for a cut to his neck, that we are told was not
life threatening. Arthur Rutter was been kept in custody to before appearing at
Sefton Magistrate's court, on Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Anyone with any
information which could assist with the investigation is asked to contact Sefton
CID on:- 0151 777 3810 or the Crimestoppers line, anonymously, on:- 0800 555