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DIGITAL DEPARTURES ANNOUNCES STUNNING SHORT LIST

A STUNNING, world-class group of film and TV professionals have been selected as finalists in the prestigious Digital Departures micro-budget filmmaking initiative, created by Northwest Vision + Media.

Together with its partners the Liverpool Culture Company, the UK Film Council and the BBC, Northwest Vision + Media are delighted to announce an impressive short-list of 12 filmmaking teams, each competing for a chance to make one of three £250,000 feature films in the next 14 months.

The final countdown sees a reunion for Liverpool Writers Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People, Millions) and Carl Hunter, whose current feature Grow Your Own has opened at cinemas across the country. They are joined by Liverpool producer, Sarada McDermott, in a feature called Triple Word Score.

Internationally-renown director, Terence Davies, (Distant Voices Still Lives) has also been selected, working with Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter, the Merseyside-based producers whose latest feature, Under The Mud, is also currently receiving international critical acclaim.

Liverpool producer Chris Bernard (Letter To Brezhnev) teams up with Cumbria’s award-winning writer/director, Juliet Mckoen, who took the film industry by storm with her feature, Frozen, starring Shirley Henderson, winning a phenomenal 11 awards last year.

And Liverpool rock legend, Pete Wylie, joins forces with Eastenders writer, Jeff Young, in their musical feature, The Don.

In addition to established talent there are many new and emerging filmmakers involved in Digital Departures. Indeed, 10 of the final 12 filmmaking teams have people within the core writer/director/producer group who have been developed by, and are featured in, Northwest Vision + Media’s new Talent Year Book 2007.

Liverpool writer/producer, John Maxwell, has made it through to the short-list with his feature idea The Northern Cowboy. He’s joined by Colin O’Donnell, Story Editor at Hollyoaks, who is writing horror film, Salvage.

Also on the short-list are Liverpool director, Julie Lau, with a project called Left Handed, writer Lynne Harwood of Formby with Looking For Iris, Liverpool producer Richard Cottier is working on a film called Arabian Nightz, and The Maimed is a feature by Liverpool writer Gavin Whitefiled and director Laurence Easeman.

Liverpool writer Leigh Campbell has also been short-listed, for her feature Starstruck, and Birkenhead director, James Marquand is part of the team producing Whores With Guns, to be written by top Liverpool comic John Bishop and produced by Liverpool’s Philip Evers.
 

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Dixie's incredible story heading for the cinema

Jun 25 2007

by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post

IT was a different era in which top footballers were paid just £8 a week and caught the tram home with fans after playing a game.

Now the life and astonishing career of Everton goal-scoring legend Dixie Dean is to be brought to the screen for the first time.

Tabacula Films, based at Toxteth TV – whose latest film project alongside Souled Out films about the Cunard Yanks had a sold-out Liverpool premiere last week – are currently fund-raising for their next major project: a feature-length drama documentary about the player, with the working title Dixie Dean: The People’s Legend.

It will be directed by Ian Lysaght, himself a keen Everton fan, and is due to be released next year on the 80th anniversary of Dean’s 60-goal season of 1927-8.
 

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Dixie's incredible story heading for the cinema

Jun 25 2007

by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post

IT was a different era in which top footballers were paid just £8 a week and caught the tram home with fans after playing a game.

Now the life and astonishing career of Everton goal-scoring legend Dixie Dean is to be brought to the screen for the first time.

Tabacula Films, based at Toxteth TV – whose latest film project alongside Souled Out films about the Cunard Yanks had a sold-out Liverpool premiere last week – are currently fund-raising for their next major project: a feature-length drama documentary about the player, with the working title Dixie Dean: The People’s Legend.

It will be directed by Ian Lysaght, himself a keen Everton fan, and is due to be released next year on the 80th anniversary of Dean’s 60-goal season of 1927-8.
Fantastic news! As well as being possibly the greatest forward ever, there's a hell of a lot of fantastic tales about him. From bowing down in front of the kop 3 times when he scored, and losing a testicle for ignoring a defender who threatened him not to score again, to fighting Nazi's in Germany just before WWII, and tales of captured foreign soldiers shouting "f*** your Winston Churchill and f*** your Dixie Dean!"

Can't wait for this. :banana: Neither can banana here.
 

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New city soap set to win major BBC deal

LIVERPOOL has emerged as favourite to attract a new soap to replace BBC1’s Neighbours, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs in the arts sector.

Kirkdale-based film producer Colin McKeown, who worked on Coronation Street and was one of the original creators of Channel 4’s Brookside, is in detailed talks with the BBC about a pilot series for a new soap.

Recent Bafta-winning writer Jimmy McGovern is committed to the project as executive script writer/producer, and will head a team of talented local writers.

Last night, Mr McKeown, who heads LA Productions, said the proposed programme would not be a carbon-copy of Brookside, the one-time daily series produced by Mersey Television when it was headed by Phil Redmond. Mr McKeown has a working name for the show, currently under wraps, but says the storylines will prominently feature regeneration and the gentrification of Liverpool. A final decision is expected within weeks, with the first episodes scheduled for televising next summer.

Neighbours leaves the BBC next summer after a higher offer was made by Channel 5, and now a replacement is being sought for the lucrative early-evening prime spot.

Initially, the replacement programme will span a 20- week run, with episodes aired two times a week. But, if it turns out to be a hit with viewers, it is likely to be screened five days a week. If Mr McKeown wins the contracts, the aim is to shoot the scenes on location, with his base at the former St Lawrence School, in Westminster Road, Kirkdale, acting as a headquarters for the show.


"I think this is a great opportunity and we are very hopeful that we will be given the programme. It will mean a lot to Liverpool, particularly in the year that it is celebrating European Capital of Culture, to be the location of a soap that reflects the changing face of our major cities.


"It would certainly mean the recruitment of a lot of people, with lots of spin-off work in the service sector. This is a real window of opportunity for us."


Mr McKeown, who was also behind the Liverpool One police drama, is also working on a separate project with the children’s charity Childline, tackling the issue of homophobic bullying.


"It is a very important issue affecting a growing number of children. There are some big-name people willing to participate and we are now in the process of seeking funding or sponsorship for the programme.


"We need to attract more film and programme making to Liverpool. I had been hopeful that government measures about tax-breaks for the film industry would help us on Merseyside, but it has not turned out like that.


"One of the local companies announced it was to make 10 films on the back of the tax-break policy, but only one materialised. The rules, unfortunately, changed. The tragedy is that here in Liverpool we have a huge pool of artistic and creative talent. We can only hope that Gordon Brown will react to the needs of the film industry when he becomes Prime Minister."


Mr McKeown has been in the forefront of film and television work in Liverpool, and helped establish Liverpool Film Studio as a training arm for the sector.


He also worked on Family at War, Emmerdale, Eastenders and he helped create a soap in Kazakhstan with Tony Jordan.


A spokesman for the BBC said: "The BBC looking at a number of options to replace Neighbours. A decision has yet to be made."
 

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no doubt they will call it 'aaray'! a daily pleasant discourse of scouse whinging and criminal angst from Liverpool's notorious inner suburbs.
 

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Liverpool soap lined up for BBC

A new Liverpool-based soap opera from the co-creator of Brookside is being considered by the BBC for 2008.

TV and film producer Colin McKeown, who worked on Coronation Street and was one of the original creators of Channel 4’s Brookside, is in talks with the broadcaster about a pilot series.

The as yet unnamed soap is, which is being executive produced by former Brookside writer Jimmy McGovern, is believed to be being considered for the Neighbours slot, which will become vacant when the Australian soap moves to Five next year.

The show, being produced by McKeown's LA Productions, is to be shot on location in the Kirkdale area of Liverpool. If the 20-week pilot series gets the go-ahead, it is likely it will air next summer.

McKeown told the Liverpool Daily Post: "I think this is a great opportunity and we are very hopeful that we will be given the programme. It will mean a lot to Liverpool, particularly in the year that it is celebrating European Capital of Culture, to be the location of a soap that reflects the changing face of our major cities."

A BBC spokeswoman, however, told DS today: "The BBC is currently looking at a number of options to replace Neighbours. A decision has yet to be made."
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a63324/liverpool-soap-lined-up-for-bbc.html
 

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Christ Kirkdale. :eek:hno: I found out at an funeral a few years back from an aged and distant relative that one of our ancestors in the C19th had gone by the nickname, Bank Hall Bessie. I'm not sure I wanted to know much more.

Anyway, that could be a mistake. The Echo article, which appears to be the source of that one, mentioned that it would be filmed in McKeown's studios (which are in Boundary St, Kirkdale) and on location, in Liverpool. "On location in Kirkdale" may be an inaccurate conflation of those two things.

That said, I wouldn't be surprised if such a programme was filmed in somewhere like Kirkdale anyway. It's the sort of thing we're used to.

Liverpool's attractive suburban streets appear on tv every week, however, in Phil Redmond's Hollyoaks. However, they pretend that they are in Chester.
 

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Try this version from a few days ago:

New city soap set to win major BBC deal

Jun 26 2007

Liverpool Echo


LIVERPOOL has emerged as favourite to attract a new soap to replace BBC1’s Neighbours, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs in the arts sector.

Kirkdale-based film producer Colin McKeown, who worked on Coronation Street and was one of the original creators of Channel 4’s Brookside, is in detailed talks with the BBC about a pilot series for a new soap.

Recent Bafta-winning writer Jimmy McGovern is committed to the project as executive script writer/producer, and will head a team of talented local writers.

Last night, Mr McKeown, who heads LA Productions, said the proposed programme would not be a carbon-copy of Brookside, the one-time daily series produced by Mersey Television when it was headed by Phil Redmond. Mr McKeown has a working name for the show, currently under wraps but says the storylines will prominently feature regeneration and the gentrification of Liverpool.
That doesn't sound like Kirky to me - unless it's about a community RESISTING the gentrification of Liverpool with sacrifices being made at the Shrine of Scottie Road. :cheers:
 

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Ok, not exactly Liverpool in film but...

Description: This is a car advertisement from Great Britain. When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. They found out that a person from Liverpool had been killed a year earlier in that exact same spot. The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon. Watch the front end of the car as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen and you'll see the white mist crossing in front of the car then following it along the road....Spooky! Is it a ghost, or is it simply mist? You decide. If you listen to the ad, you'll even hear the cameraman whispering in the background about it, near the end of the commercial. A little creepy but pretty cool!

Click here for ghostly mist or fog, Car Ad
 

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Slightly random compilation of shots taken around the Pier Head at the weekend, plus some shots of the approach to Lime Street station.

 
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