Time and Help drives LCR Production Fund Recapitalisation

  • Additional £1m over 12 months for Liverpool Film Office’s LCR Production Fund to attract more high-end productions to the city region.
  • Targets feature films, TV drama, animation and comedy series with investments of between £100K and £500k.
  • Several BBC, C4 and ITV-commissioned projects already supported by the Fund.

Podcast | Film Composer John Murphy

Liverpool born John Murphy began scoring movies at the age of 25. In 2001, following the success of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, he moved to Los Angeles.

Since then he has worked with some of the industry’s most respected and luminary filmmakers, including Michael Mann, Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, Stephen Frears, and James Gunn, producing film scores as prominent and diverse as Sunshine, Kick-Ass, The Suicide Squad, and the seminal 28 Days Later.

His movie trailers include Captain America, X-Men, Cloverfield, War of the Worlds, Ex Machina, and Avatar. His music has been featured in advertising campaigns for Nike, Audi, Microsoft, Google, and Apple.

After Kick-Ass Murphy set up the record label Taped Noise and began work on several non-movie projects. His latest film ‘The Suicide Squad’, with James Gunn for Warner Bros , is in cinemas now, and the soundtrack is available on Spotify.

Here’s John pictures at The Suicide Squad premiere with director, James Gunn

Podcast – Listen below

Liverpool’s UNESCO City of Music, Kevin McManus spoke with John on behalf of Liverpool Film Office to discuss Liverpool, music, John’s career and the directors he’s worked with, and much more.


The Depot | Open for business

Liverpool has taken a huge step towards being the UK’s premier production hub, as as its new film & high-end TV drama shoot space opens for business on Monday (4 October).

The Depot comprises two purpose-built, 20,000 sq ft film & TV production units, giving Liverpool the complete package for film producers and  providing a multi-million pound boost to its economy.


18 new productions in the works | Made in Liverpool

In the twelve months since scripted dramas first embarked on shooting under rigorous new production guidelines, Liverpool has hosted thousands of film crew, and some of the biggest film stars on the planet – and now we get to wait – and watch.

We’ve put a list together of (most) of the productions to have been made in Liverpool City Region between 2020 and 2021 that will be coming to your screens – and cinemas soon.


First look at Channel 4's Help starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham


According Channel 4’s Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick, their latest film, Help, is “the most important thing you’ll watch this year“, and a “love letter to the cultural heritage of Liverpool.”

Beyond the obvious nod to The Beatles’ iconic song and film of the same name, Help, despite its hard-hitting message contains joyous references to Scouse culture, from food to football to in the know jokes.

Starring Scouse royalty Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, written by BAFTA-winning writer, Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials, The Virtues, National Treasure) and directed by visionary, Marc Munden (Utopia, The Third Day, The Secret Garden), here’s everything you’ll want to know about Channel 4’s, state-of-the-nation drama.


Sky Original Funny Girl starring Gemma Arterton starts filming in Liverpool

Production swings into action on an adaption of Nick Hornby’s novel Funny Girl. This Sky Original sees Gemma Arterton step into the shoes of charismatic Barbara Parker.


Time | BBC | Made in Liverpool

It’s Time.

Liverpool’s own prolific screenwriter, Jimmy McGovern returns to prime-time TV series drama with a three-part prison drama; Time, starring two of Britain’s biggest on screen talents; Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.


First look at Channel 4's Help starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham

First look at Help starring Liverpool icons Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham

Channel 4 has today released the first look at Help, a new 1×120’ drama from the BAFTA award-winning writer Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials, National Treasure) and BAFTA award-winning director Marc Munden (The Third Day, Utopia) starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, Doctor Foster) and Stephen Graham (Save Me, This is England) and produced by The Forge in association with One Shoe Films with funding and support from Liverpool Film Office through its Liverpool City Region Production Fund.


Arnold Clark Car and Van Rental and Liverpool Film Office announce sponsorship

Liverpool Film Office has announced its first sponsor which will help strengthen the city’s reputation in the UK’s booming film and TV sector.


Sherlock Holmes actors who have filmed in Liverpool

Sherlocks of Liverpool

Pictured: Actors to have played Sherlock Holmes in productions filmed in Liverpool: (From Left to Right) James Bragington, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr, Henry Lloyd-Hughes.

Liverpool is no stranger to the world of Sherlock Holmes – with the city’s pristine period architecture doubling for Victorian London on many films and shows including Searchlight’s Tolkien, Netflix’s The English Game, BBC’s The War Of The Worlds to name a few…In fact, Liverpool has been the backdrop for Sherlockian stories on the screen for more than 100 years.


The Depot – Liverpool’s new temporary shooting space tops out

Liverpool’s new purpose built film and TV shoot space has officially been named.


Liverpool Film Office fires fourth investment in new HETV adaptation of iconic espionage thriller, The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File, featuring the iconic British spy, Harry Palmer, once made famous by Michael Caine, is getting a six-part high-end TV adaptation for ITV, with Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Gangs of London) taking on the mantle.


The Irregulars TV series arrives on Netflix on March 26 2021

The Irregulars | Netflix | Made in Liverpool

The world of Sherlock Holmes – like you’ve never seen before…

Netflix’s THE IRREGULARS follows a gang of troubled street teens, solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson & his mysterious business partner.

Netflix Original THE IRREGULARS streams from Friday 26 March.


LCR Production Fund investment into BBC's The Responder featuring Martin Freeman


The Responder has secured funding and support from the Liverpool Film Office through the Liverpool City Region Production Fund, using funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.