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Posted on Friday, 1st January 2016
Planning a night on Netflix, in with the flat mates? Here are a few ideas for movies that you can play ‘spot the place’ it was filmed. Great way to get some of the Sheffield humour and outlook on life in the UK.
Some great films have been made in your new city that you may call "Sheffield", the most famous being, the one and only The Full Monty. You need to watch it if you haven't had the chance, it is 20 years old but it will still make you giggle! Starring Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson and Mark Addy, who, with 3 others, form a striptease group to make money, after being made unemployed. The ladies cheer them on to go for a full ‘Monty’ (completely nude).
The next famous has to be Four Lions, a story of failed jihadi suicide bombers, which is funnier than it sounds and definitely worth a rental or purchase and a takeaway in with friends. ‘Rubber Dingy Rapids’ will become a new catchphrase among your group.
When Saturday Comes (1996), is a football movie, the story of a hard drinking young man with potential and his rise to professional football. Starring home grown actor Sean Bean, it is probably one of Sheffield’s most apt films, as home of the oldest football team in the world.
Among Giants starring the late Pete Postlethwaite a Yorkshire screen icon, He plays a Painter, who is commissioned to paint the electricity pylons stretching out from Sheffield. He and the gang are friends, that is, until a lady wants to join their high ropes team.
Threads Tv drama starring the city in a post Nuclear apocalypse and the effects upon it’s working class in the days soon after, and in the longer term. Filmed in 1984 it is a nostalgic view of our City and may prove harder to spot the places filmed. The Navigators, story of Five Yorkshiremen trying to survive after the British Rail is bought out by a private company. Gritty drama’s are often filmed in Sheffield and this one has the same excuse.
The History Boys, although set in Sheffield very few scenes are filmed here. The story of some gifted and promising students, and their headmasters’ efforts, to get them accepted into ‘Oxbridge’. An Alan Bennett play made film and so gloriously scripted as a result. Enjoy.
Ken Loachs’ Looks and Smiles is another gritty drama set and filmed entirely in Sheffield in 1981, a number of locations are easy to spot, even after the transformation of the city. Story of a disadvantaged young man trying to get along in Thatcherite Britain, might be worth a visit for the contemporary outlook!
This is England a film set in 1983 England about skinheads. Racism and white nationalism are both visited in this hard hitting British drama. A Tv series of the same name, though set in later decades are still being shown and are available as box sets.
’71 Stark drama about a soldier accidently left behind by his comrades after a riot in Northern Ireland. The streets of Sheffield were used in replacement for the back to backs of Belfast in 1971. X + Y or A Brilliant Young Mind was also filmed using our very own Sheffield University as a backdrop with scenes also in and around the Town and City Hall. The story of Autistic math prodigy who finds new confidence and friendships when he wins a place on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
David Walliams’ story, Billionaire Boy, screened over Christmas on BBC, was filmed in Sheffield and Rotherham using Oakwell School pupils. More recently, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, was filmed in the Wicker Nov 2015 and due for release 2016. Starring Nicole Kidman, it’s a story about an alien on a galactic tour, who breaks away to meet the dangerous young inhabitants of London, Croydon.