WHAT a marvellous time it's been of late for Nottingham on camera.
It seems every film and television programme you can mention is using our fair city as a key location. Why, the Old Market Square is becoming as familiar a sight on the goggle box as the inevitable shot of The Shard in London in every single business piece, or the Hollywood sign in shows set in Tinseltown. If you've been 1watching telly on a Thursday night, you'll have seen the Nottingham-set drama Truckers written by local legend William Ivory. They've even managed to find actors who can do the devilishly tricky local accent properly. Surely a first for the broadcasting industry.
OK, perhaps we won't mention the slightly less flattering fly-on- the-wall documentaries Hens Behaving Badly (what a shame this was about hen nights rather than, erm, chickens) and 999: What's Your Emergency, which have shown the darker side of life in town.
But at least nobody can say we're boring, can they? And just this week, Clifton pop sensation Jake Bugg not only won Best New Act at the prestigious Q Awards, he also unveiled a quirky new video for his new single Slumville Sunrise, set in glamorous local locations such as St Ann's and Sneinton Market. Squeee!
Well, perhaps set is not quite the correct way to describe it.
The film, directed by Bafta-winning Nottingham auteur Shane Meadows, is shot in a sort of Benny Hill meets Peter Kay meets Trainspotting style, with lots of speeded up running on the spot against a blatantly obvious superimposed background. I blummin' love it.
It could be argued that Nottingham's current status as a lovely location is a legacy that goes all the way back to the famous movie Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), which shows a long-lost version of the city but remains important because of its influence on British culture. Some say that without the gritty Albert Finney classic there would have been no Coronation Street, for instance. And who wants to imagine a world without Coronation Street? A raft of other great films and TV programmes have subsequently been filmed or set in Nottingham - and no, I'm not just talking about the revamped Crossroads, 2001-2003. You've got This is England (2006) and the Channel 4 TV follow-ups This is England 82 and 86, the Ian Curtis biopic Control (2007) and hunky Tom Hardy in Bronson (2008).
Then there's the heartrending Sam Morton TV film The Unloved (2009), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) - the story of Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys - and, of course, The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Oh yeah, and all the daft versions of Robin Hood too - my fave's the underrated Disney cartoon.
Surely it's only a matter of time before somebody recognises Nottingham's status as the new Hollywood - and gives us loads of money to build a massive permanent film studio here or something.
In the meantime, here are some famous movies re-imagined with a Nottingham angle (I think we've done this about 300 times on Twitter, but no matter): Singing in the Rainworth Forrest Fields Gump My Fair Lady Bay Rise Park of The Guardians The Bestwood Exotic Marigold Hotel Raging Bulwell Netherfield of Dreams Sexy Beeston Silence of the Lambley The Big Chilwell All Quiet on the West Bridgford Front Top Gunthorpe Edwalton Scissorhands The Adventures of Hucknall Finn Rush (cliffe) Clifton-hanger The Witches of Eastwood Fort Apache: The Broxtowe Estate The Derby Road to Perdition Sunset Lenton Boulevard Who's Afraid of Virginia Wollaton? OK, you're right that's probably enough. I'll get me coat... What do you think? Email email@example.com
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