These 7 famous scousers definitely deserve their own movies…
As we’re all well aware, Liverpool has had it’s fair share of trailblazers and trendsetters. From John, Paul, George and Ringo, Bill and Bob, Dixie and Stevie there’s no shortage of star-power coming from the illustrious city we call home. But with Liverpool becoming more affiliated with Hollywood by the day – over the past few years Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Captain America and The Dark Knight all shot in Liverpool – we think it’s time that some of our own visit the silver screen.
Here’s 8 Scousers we think deserve their own movies:
There’s plenty of great athletes from Liverpool. Right now we’ve got Chris Fishgold and Paddy Pimblett lighting up the world of mixed martial arts. But for a great dramatic and action packed adventure look no further than Robert Edward Brooks, better known by his ring name Robbie Brookside (left). The best export we have to offer when it comes to the world of stars and spandex, Robbie wrestled all over the world only to have his in ring career tragically cut short due to injury. Think 2008’s The Wrestler, with better accents.
A pioneer for avant-garde Punk Cinema, Alex Cox provided the spark for new independent filmmaking in the 80s. After his meteoric rise with Sid and Nancy, Cox saw himself being eyed to direct Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp, before an argument with writer Hunter S. Thompson saw him kicked off the project. Further arguments with Universal Studios brought Cox back to his independent roots. Ironically, Cox would be a perfect director to lense his own punk-rock biopic.
Major General Ernest Wright Alexander was a British Army officer hailing from Liverpool and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for his services in the First World War. The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Battling against overwhelming odds, Alexander personally saved lives during the battle of Elouges, Belgium on August 24th 1914. Maybe Spielberg could give him the Saving Private Ryan treatment?
Hannah Lightbody’s story would effortlessly fit into 2017 cinema, a free thinking liberal woman that advocated education and prosperity reform for the poor. Quite simply ahead of her time and in times such as these, a buoy of hope would go a long way. A humanitarian who introduced education, healthcare and music to her husband’s textile mills, perhaps Ken Loach could direct a sequel to I, Daniel Blake? I, Hannah Lightbody.
The first black mayor of London, John Archer had a father from Barbados and a mother of Irish descent growing up in Liverpool. A delegate of the Progressive Party, Archer emerged subjugator at the start of the 20th Century to illustrate a celebrated juncture for people of African descent in the UK. He went on to successfully campaign for equal rights throughout his career.
The life and times of William Roscoe was quite a story, mastering crafts including lawyer, historian, banke and MP. He is remembered best – and most importantly – for being an early abolitionist of the slave trade. A hugely celebrated reformist who had all the materials to be a celebrated Scorsese character, Wolf of Wall Street but respectable. The Liberal of Hardman Street?
Born and bred in Tockie, Douglas Pomford or ‘Duggie’ served in the armed forces during World War II. With a story that would put Arnie and Sly Stallone to shame, Duggie was not only a champion boxer but also a founding member of the Special Boat Unit. After his time in the army where he infiltrated Nazi camps barehanded (seriously), Duggie retired back to life in Liverpool where he set up The ABC Golden Gloves Boxing Club in Toxteth.