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Feature film to start shooting in Liverpool

A feature film starring two of Britain’s best-known actors is to start shooting in Liverpool on Sunday August 4 2002.
The 'Virgin of Liverpool' has ‘The 51st State’ actor Ricky Tomlinson and 'Full Monty' star Paul Barber in the lead roles, with comedian Johnny Vegas making his big screen debut.
The movie – which is set in Liverpool - tells the tale of a 12-year-old girl who tries to find a new home for a statue of the Virgin Mary, which ends up in the family’s living room after it is earmarked for demolition.
The film, financed and produced by Senator Entertainment, is being made by the team responsible for the critically acclaimed Leon the Pig Farmer.
The city council’s Film Office has helped source locations for the producers and assisted with finding extras and sorting out road closures.
Jacqui Rafferty, acting manager of the Film Office, said: “This is a big name movie starring some of the best British acting talent and has all the hallmarks of being a sure fire hit.
“Because the movie is set in and shot in Liverpool, it will raise the city’s profile and help further our reputation as the most film friendly city in the country.”
The makers of the movie say the script has charm, humour, wonderful characters and will appeal to all ages.
Filming will take place across the city including Aintree, Everton Brow, West Derby and Norris Green.
Sir Bob Scott, Chief Executive of the city’s Capital of Culture bid, said: “This is a timely boost for our Capital of Culture application at a time when the judges are deciding which cities to shortlist.
“The film industry in Liverpool is growing stronger day by day – further strengthening our bid.”
Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive Board member for Leisure and Culture, said: “Liverpool’s film and movie industry is worth millions of pounds to the local economy and has helped create and sustain many jobs in the city.
“Producers and directors know we understand their requirements and do all we can to assist them, whether they are making big budget blockbusters or smaller productions. We are determined to make Liverpool the first choice for film makers.”
Filming is expected to take five weeks and the Virgin of Liverpool is due to go on general release next year.
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