Are you red or are you blue? This is one of the big questions we ask in our football immersive experience Kicking and Screaming in the new Museum of Liverpool. The film celebrates and explores the city’s passion for football and takes the visitor on a journey through all the key moments that have shaped it.
For the past few weeks production company Centre Screen have been out and about in Liverpool with museum curators and Creative Director Roy Boulter, filming some of the big scenes.
Joining them have been football mad TJ, a Liverpool fan, and Charlie, an Everton fan. They appear throughout the film and help reveal some of the momentous events that took place in the city’s football history.
Last week, the boys stepped back in time to film scenes at the Sandon Hotel in Anfield, where in 1892 a meeting took place that changed football in Liverpool forever.
Museum of Liverpool curator Paul Gallagher explains:
“As many reds and blues know, in the early 1890s Everton Football Club used to play their games at Anfield. On 12 March 1892, a committee meeting took place in the upstairs room of the Sandon Hotel - owned by club president John Houlding - that changed everything. Trouble had been brewing for some time and Houlding clashed with the committee led by George Mahon over the direction the club was heading in, in particular the proposed increase in ground rental. Mahon and most of the committee left to find a new ground for Everton and Houlding set up his own club, Liverpool Football Club.
“To capture the period when the meeting took place, the filming for this historic event was shot in the style of a silent movie. The actors had to express emotion and communicate through their facial expressions and gestures, so you can imagine the animation that was required to portray the heated discussion, and they certainly rose to the challenge!”.
The experience has really caught everyone’s imagination and we have received tremendous support from both football clubs, gaining unprecedented access to the stadiums, their archives and collections. In addition, Liverpool Football Club Museum and The Everton Collection have both have kindly lent us an array of memorabilia to use during the production, in order to make history come to life for the visitors to the Museum of Liverpool, and lead them to answer the question “Are you red or are you blue?”
Keep checking back to keep updated on filming progress.