A chronology of Manchester's Film History compiled by CP Lee. Comments and/or additional material welcome -
(This page updated 25-May-2013)
|1970 - 1979||DEEP DECLINE ...|
The 1970s is nearly a lost decade for filmmaking in Manchester with the exception of these four movies:
The Lovers (1972) - Granada turned Jack Rosenthal's TV sitcom into a feature film.
Little Malcolm (1974) - filmed in Oldham in gas board buildings emptied out by a strike, expelled art student Scrawdyke (John Hurt) leads his Party of Dynamic Erection – with devoted followers Wick (John McEnery), Irwin (Raymond Platt) and Nipple (David Warner) in a film that won the Silver Bear at Berlin in 1974 and was eventually released on dvd in 2011.
The Living Dead in the Manchester Morgue (1974) - Spanish filmmaker Jorge Grau and Italian producer Edmondo Amati bring a unit to Manchester to film this zombie horror flick.
Shivers (1974) - When Jo Botting of the BFI interviewed Grau he said that, 'It was filmed in Manchester for commercial reasons and because the script was set there. The producer felt that a Horror film set in Rome or Madrid wouldn't have the same commercial appeal. To him, Manchester seemed a distant, mysterious place, even the name. The truth is, he was right; the film worked and the setting may well be one of the reasons for that ...' (Thanks to Andy Willis for providing this quotation.)
Oh! Also in 1974 - The 'Pop Poll' winners sequence for Stardust filmed at Manchester's Belle Vue.
1970s - Graham Duff, Screenwriter/Actor born in Blackburn.
1970 - Actor Benedict Wong born in Manchester and attended school in Salford.
1971 - Actor/Comedian Chris Addison born 05 November in Manchester.
1971 - Actor Max Beesley born 19 April in Manchester.
1974 - Actor Maxine Peake born 14 July in Bolton.
1975 - Actor James Murray born 22 January in Manchester.
1976 - Actor Marsha Thomason born 19 January in Moston.
1979 - Actor Christine Bottomley born 27 April in Rochdale.
1976 - Actor Anna Friel born 12 July in Rochdale.
1976 - Director Michael Booth born in Lancashire on 16 August.
1979 - Actor Andrew Knott born 22 November in Salford.
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MANCHESTER FILM HISTORY established 2011.