Reel Stories

reel of film and Liver building montage

Liverpool and the Silver Screen

11 March 2016 to 3 September 2017

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Reel Stories was a special exhibition of more than 40 original film posters and memorabilia celebrating Liverpool’s starring role in films from the past 60 years.

Liverpool is a filmmaker’s dream. It’s a city of storytellers and performers, writers and entertainers, musicians and poets.

From those first flickering pioneering days of cinema, filmmakers have been drawn to this restless and defiant city, enchanted by the millions of stories it holds, both real and imaginary. Stories of high times and hard luck, of love and hope, of dreams and heartbreak, of wrongdoing and retribution.

Reel Stories put the spotlight on the city’s enduring relationship with the silver screen. We celebrated and explored the films that are undeniably Liverpudlian, those that feature Liverpool as a world film location and the city’s escapist love affair with cinema itself.

Exhibition themes

The original film posters in the exhibition explored the following themes: