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Liverpool's star turn as
Fantastic Beasts hits cinemas
THERE are just
hours to go until Liverpool doubles as New York in what is one of the most hotly
anticipated films of 2016.
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 first of the five 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 two 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
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:-
The River of Light 2016 -
Part 2 Photos on this page by Madeleine Saghir
ON Saturday, 5 November 2016, both
Liverpool City Council and Wirral Council joined up to put on a brand new event
on the river Mersey, called:- 'River of Light.' You can read our
full report on our previous issue, by clicking on
here. This is Part 2 of our photographic
coverage of this event.
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