The economy of Liverpool incorporates a huge range of economic activity that occurs both within and adjoining the city. With a population of over 1.3 million in its greater urban area, and around 2.5m in its metropolitan area, Liverpool is one of the largest cities in the UK. In 2017 the Liverpool City Region had the UK’s highest growth in real GVA, up by 3.3%. But what does the film industry contribute?
Figures from Liverpool Film Office, set up in 1989 to administer the increasing demand for filming in the city, revealed film and TV production boosted Liverpool’s economy by £17.6m (an increase of £1.5m on 2018) in 2019, with the city playing host to 324 separate TV and film projects, clocking up 1,750 production days (363 more than the previous year).
Liverpool is becoming an increasingly popular destination location for movie and TV-makers, data from the Liverpool Film Office, running now for over 30 years, with an increasing number of high-end dramas coming to the city, thanks to the likes of Sky’s, Tin Star, Netflix’s, The English Game and The Crown, and BBC productions, Peaky Blinders, World on Fire and Years and Years, which has witnessed the region see a 12% climb, the most since records began.
Other productions filmed here in 2019 include; Amazon Prime’s, The Feed, Sky One’s COBRA, Netflix’s, Irregulars and BBC One’s, Moving On.
Liverpool has also once again been a stand-in for locations across the globe, including New York in Das Boot, Birmingham in Peaky Blinders, Wales in The Snow Spider, Madrid in Years and Years, and London for Irregulars.
British ‘factual’ productions also feature such as; Britain’s Got Talent, The Greatest Dancer, The One Show, The Real Housewives of Cheshire, X Factor All Stars and The Voice have also been filmed here recently, showing figures rise by 26%.
2019 also saw the creation of the Liverpool City Region Production Fund, the very first local authority supported fund of its kind in Britain for more than six years, which in turn should attract more production, create more jobs and boost further the local economy.
CBBC’s, The Snow Spider was the first to receive support from the fund and announcements around further projects were due to be announced this year.
Liverpool Film Office manager, Lynn Saunders, said, 2019 was been an incredibly busy for the film office team, enquiries have increased tenfold and production levels across the entire City region are booming.