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THE QUALITY OF MERSEY: New film pays homage to the river


A short film which serves as a love letter to the River Mersey has made its debut on Liverpool Media Wall - the huge screen facing Liverpool Lime Street.

The Quality of Mersey is a journey along the iconic river from source to mouth set to the poems it has inspired. A true labour of love, the project was entirely volunteer led.

The Quality of Mersey poetry collection was conceived by the writer John Gorman and curated from many submissions by the Birkenhead poet Barry Woods who also produced and features in the film version.

The film showcases eight poems from the powerful anthology Quality of Mersey narrated by the poets themselves.
It opens with a poem about the source of the river composed by Liz Sandbach. From there, the film progresses down the river, featuring poems from both the Liverpool and Wirral sides, including iconic landmarks, personal stories and commentary on the history and culture of Merseyside.

Produced last year, the film was created collaboratively by film-makers Tristan Marshall and Leonie Abisgold-Rayner with drone footage by Paul Conlin and a musical score by Dora Kmezić.

Located outside Lime Street Station, the Liverpool Media Wall is the largest full motion digital landscape advertising wall in Europe, measuring 30.72metres wide and 6.72metres high.

Operated by Ocean Outdoor, it has become part of the fabric of the community and is often used to celebrate and mark occasions. The 12 minute film was shown in full screen domination with subtitles.

Barry Woods said:
“It was exciting to see the high quality, diversity and range of submissions we received for our book – we were overwhelmed with the response from such a poetic city.  John Gorman and myself have been regulars on the local open mic circuit for a long time in Liverpool and he came up with the idea of having poets write about their respective areas and to give us some shared sentiments. The film is a gift to our city of Liverpool and our great river. I am so happy that it will reach a wider audience.”
You can watch the film here.

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