- On January 2, 2018
There’s over 5,000 miles separating Manchester from Hollywood. But it turns out that despite this sprawling distance the two cities actually have something in common. That’s because both places have been the location and setting for numerous films over the years. Yes, Manchester has tried its hand in the film industry – and it found success! With this in mind, here are three famous films set in Greater Manchester.
East is East
East is East is certainly amongst the most successful films to be set in Greater Manchester. After all, it managed to rake in a huge £10m upon its release in 1999. The movie – which shines an amusing light on a mixed-ethnicity household in Salford in 1971 – also went on to be named Best British Film at the BAFTAs. It still holds a special place in the hearts of many almost two decades after its release.
There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble
There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble is all about football – what else would you expect from a film set in Manchester? There’s plenty of local charm in this 2000 movie, which shows a young Manchester City fan see his soccer skills improve when he’s given a pair of ‘magic’ boots to wear on the pitch. The light-hearted flick features a who’s who of British actors, including Robert Carlyle, Ben Miller and Coronation Street’s Samia Ghadie.
The Parole Officer
The Parole Officer was an instant hit when it landed at cinemas in 2001. The movie – which stars Steve Coogan in the lead role – follows a parole officer who has to enlist the help of his former clients after he is framed for murder. The hilarious comedy is set in Manchester and there are plenty of landmarks that Mancunians will notice when they watch it.
Lights, camera, action!
Greater Manchester is clearly capable of turning the heads of producers and directors. In fact, it’s just one of the ways that the region could be set to grow over the next few years. Manchester already has copious shops, restaurants, bars and self-storage units – and it’s not unfathomable to think that a film industry could be next!