Resort plays starring role in CRUCIAL year for film industry

17th December 2020

Southport has emerged top of a list of lucrative locations for major film shoots as the Liverpool Film Office revealed a silver screen lining for the industry in 2020.

The resort has entertained crews from a whole host of production companies, from budget period dramas all the way to BBC and Sky blockbuster shows.

Southport, along with Liverpool and Crosby beach, hosted an incredible 670 filming days, which boosted the city region’s economy by nearly £13.5m and supported 490 jobs.

Several high-profile productions filmed in Southport and the surrounding areas included The Irregulars (Netflix), Time (BBC) Munich 38 (Netflix), COBRA Series 2 (Sky), Ridley Road (BBC One) Viewpoint (ITV), It’s a Sin (Channel 4) and Tin Star (Sky)

Liverpool City Region Production Fund has recently funded BBC One Jimmy McGovern drama Timewhich stars Stephen Graham and Sean Bean and Channel 4’s Help which again stars Stephen Graham alongside Jodie Comer. More funding announcements will be made in the New Year.

The Film Office also established the Film & TV Development Fund in response to Covid-19 which saw the creation of a £250,000 fund to support regional producers, writers and other creative talent.