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5 Reasons to Film in Manchester

Northern England's cultural hub, Manchester is home to LS Productions' English office and boasts film-friendly locations to rival European hotspots

5 Reasons to Film in Manchester

1) Cobbles to cosmopolitan
A wide array of architectural styles makes Manchester's filming locations a delightful pick 'n' mix to fit any desired aesthetic. Modern, Georgian, Roman and Gothic - this city has it all. A product of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is known for its original and contemporary approach to architecture in the city centre, also offering authentic urban and suburban residential locations, with plenty of industrial and derelict spots to boot.




2) Manchester or Manhattan
With its clean, structured grid system and its red brick buildings and cobbled streets in the iconic Northern Quarter, filming in Manchester offers up central locations that can double as London and even New York. This can help to fit smaller budgets for accommodation and location fees, and shorter timescales for location permissions and other key shoot logistics.




3) A large fan base
Manchester and its eastern neighbour, Liverpool, have a few of the most famous and supported football clubs, not only in the UK but in the world. With that comes world-class sports talent living in the city - which the LS Productions team is more than familiar with looking after. Plus, as a football mecca, Manchester offers up dozens of stadiums, fields, clubs and more - offering up excellent film-friendly locations.


Here's a snippet from one of LS Productions' favourite footballer campaigns that used their commercial production services in Manchester: Emre Can for H&M with Strange Cargo. Shot at this particular English film location because, at the time, Emre was playing for Liverpool FC.


4) Madchester mania
With a rich history of rock n' roll, including 80's iconoclasts like The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division and The Stone Roses, Manchester later gave birth to the inimitable Oasis-led Britpop movement. The city continues to defy genre for music, fashion and art, making it the ideal cultural hub for production in the UK of a trendsetting campaign.



5) Culture and casting
A vibrant and diverse city with plenty of personality, Manchester is home to a proudly multicultural community; a perfect pool for casting. Last year, LS Productions worked with director Abby Fuller to follow the journey of Chef May, a celebrated Thai cook in the heart of Manchester, for Youtube Spotlight.


LS Productions is a UK-wide service production company. Based out of London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Bangkok, LS Productions unlocks the UK’s potential for photo and film. View its comprehensive location library here.
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