The Sopranos 'Liverpool-style' at FACT
3 March 2008
Have you ever wondered what The Sopranos might have looked like if it was shot on Merseyside? Now you might get the chance as filmmakers Michael Hayes and James Wallace reconstruct the iconic opening to the hit HBO series replacing shots of New Jersey and New York with Liverpool.
New Jersey on the Mersey (The Falsettos) is just one of 11 films shortlisted for FACT's (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) first Liverpool Film Night (in association with Atlantic Chambers) in 2008. This year, for the first time, shortlisted films for each Liverpool Film Night at FACT will get the chance to win a special prize at the Liverpool Film Night Awards later in '08, designed to help develop filmmaking talent.With a gun-toting, acrobatic modern twist on Faust by Terry Cheung in Redemption, a black and white horror by Paul Bratt in RIPE and an exploration of the actions of anti-nuclear protestors in The Art of Protection, the short films selected for the FACT screening contain the usual mix of genres and styles, illustrating the wealth of creative filmmaking talent in the region.
FACT has invited Edinburgh filmmaker and rising star Matt Hulse to be the special guest for the night, and he will conduct a Q&A session with the filmmakers and the audience, and also screen his latest film Harrachov which recently won the Hope-Ritte Teamwork Award at the 21st Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival.
Held four times a year, Liverpool Film Night is FACT's regular evening dedicated to movie-making talent on Merseyside. The event receives submissions from filmmakers covering a range of genres including comedy, animation, documentary and drama. At each event, there's a special guest on hand to give the wannabe directors advice on how to get into the film industry. This year, Liverpool Film Night is supported by Atlantic Chambers, barristers practising law in Liverpool.
During this screening, and a second in the summer, six of the shortlisted films will be selected for The Liverpool Film Night Awards in November and a first prize of £3000 plus the use of one week's editing facilities and one week's hire of a high definition camera - will be awarded for the winning film.