Hollywood films find home in Liverpool

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Image caption An artist’s impression showing how the complex will look

Hollywood superstars will be heading to Liverpool after among London’s leading film and TELEVISION studios announced plans to open a significant new complex in the city.

Twickenham Studios in southern London has been home to shows ranging from Black Mirror to Battle Horse.

It will increase with a new base at the 1930s artwork deco former Littlewoods headquarters within Liverpool, which was once home towards the football pools.

Twickenham Studios’ Maria Walker said it had been “a good fit” for main US films.

Television shows will also be made on the Littlewoods building’s two new sound stages, as well as the move comes amid a growth in TV and film manufacturing in the UK.

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Picture caption Fantastic Beasts plus Where To Find Them was partly photo in Liverpool

Foreign studios spent £ 1 . 7bn in the UK in 2017 – almost double the amount invested four years previously.

Many recent films and displays – including Peaky Blinders plus Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find All of them – have used outdoor locations within Liverpool.

Ms Master, who is chief operating officer associated with Twickenham Studios, said the Littlewoods building was reminiscent of Los Angeles’ landmark studios.

“It actually looks like a Hollywood business, ” she told BBC Information. “It has that right feel.

“I don’t know when you have ever seen the studios within Hollywood, studios like the Paramount constructing – they are not dissimilar. They are whitened stucco buildings from that time period. ”

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Image caption The Littlewoods building has been empty since the year 2003

Within future, films like Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant’s Oscar-nominated Florencia Foster Jenkins – which was partially shot in Twickenham but shot exterior scenes in Liverpool — could be based solely in the town.

“It’s a good suit for those large American films, inch Ms Walker said. “We don’t have got the capacity to build bigger phases [in Twickenham]. What Liverpool offers is space. We’re restricted for the reason that area. ”

The lady said the volume of film operate the UK had grown “exponentially” within the last 10 years. But Twickenham Studios, that was founded in 1913, has no room to grow.

“There are houses all around so we are unable to expand, ” she said. “It’s just not feasible, and property working in london is at a premium. A stage requires a lot of space and there’s merely a certain amount you can charge.

“So areas such as Liverpool, to have got the space and the flexibility in order to expand, it just seems like an all natural thing. ”

Twickenham Studios will take over 85, 500 sq ft of the 300, 500 sq ft at the Littlewoods developing, with other film and TV businesses expected to follow.

Bernard Heatley, co-founder of the building’s designers Capital & Centric, said: “Twickenham Studios couldn’t be a better suit.

“They’ll bring the century’s worth of film-making historical past and help to write a new section for the creative industries in and around Gatwick. ”

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