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Made in Birmingham: 10 great films that prove the city is Hollywood of the Midlands

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Made in Birmingham: 10 great films that prove the city is Hollywood of the Midlands

The Birmingham Film Festival is a celebration of the industry that brings an estimated £8.5million into the city’s economy each year.

Its series of screenings, events and awards ceremonies in November, centre on the iconic Millennium Point’s 350-seat theatre.

And to celebrate the event’s press launch this week, BLOC Hotels has put together the 10 best films that were made in Birmingham.

1. Jawbone (2017) Rotten Tomatoes 96%

Fight scenes for this brilliant, bruising, boxing movie (starring Ray Winstone and Ian McShane) were shot in buildings next to BLOC Hotel in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

2. Locke (2013) Rotten Tomatoes 90%

One man, one motor, one mobile phone call. Tom Hardy plays Birmingham-based construction boss, Ivan Locke. It’s impossible to take your eyes off him.

3. Felicia’s Journey (1999) Rotten Tomatoes 88%

This Bob Hoskins thriller, adapted from the award-winning novel, was shot on Station Street. A plaque marks the spot outside the Electric Cinema.

4. I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle (1990) Rotten Tomatoes 88%

It’s Satanists versus bikers in this low-budget, comedy horror. Neil Morrisey reunited with his Boon co-star Michael Elphick to play motorcycle courier Noddy.

5. The Girl With all The Gifts (2016) Rotten Tomatoes 86%

This Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton film brought a zombie apocalypse to the centre of Birmingham. The action centred on Church Street and Colmore Row.

6. Clockwise (1986) Rotten Tomatoes 80%

The classic John Cleese romp earned him the comedy award at the British Film Awards. It was shot at King Edward’s School, Edgbaston.

7. Brassed Off (1996) Rotten Tomatoes 79%

The plucky Yorkshire colliery band’s triumphant final performance in the Royal Albert Hall was actually filmed inside the Birmingham Town Hall.

8. Ready Player One (2018) Rotten Tomatoes 72%

The Jewellery Quarter was used for action scenes – the location used as a stand in for both London and the US. Telephone House on Newhall Street was turned into a US high school.

9. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Rotten Tomatoes 65%

The crew took over Birmingham’s financial district to film a high octane car chase and stunt scenes for this Kingsman spy sequel.

10. Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004) Rotten Tomatoes 61%

Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas shot their laddish comedy on the Aston Expressway and Snow Hill Car Park. Worth a watch to see why it was named No.7 in Empire magazine's 50 Worst Movie Ever.

For more info on what’s on in and around Birmingham, visit our destinations page and plan your city break today.

VIP Cinema Package for 2

After the huge success of last year’s BLOC/Electric Cinema offer, we’ve teamed up again to bring you this amazing deal…

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  1. Click 'BOOK NOW' at the top of this page and enter promo code ELECTRIC2019.
  2. Choose the date you want to stay – remember, the offer is valid Sunday to Friday from 1st May 2019 to 31st August 2019 only.
  3. Once you’ve received the confirmation email you can call the Electric on 0121 643 7879 or email [email protected] – mentioning that you have the BLOC offer and they will reserve Standard Seats for the showing of your choice. You can view film listings here.
  4. On arrival at BLOC, let the reception staff know when you’d like your taxi and they will book it for you. They will also issue you with a voucher which must be presented on arrival at The Electric to gain admission.

    Have any questions? Get in touch with us on TwitterFacebook or our website Live Chat.


1. Offer available Sunday to Friday nights only. No Saturdays permitted, 2. For stays between 1st May 2019 to 31st August 2019 only, 3. Full payment taken at time of booking, 4.Non-refundable, no cancellations or amendments, 5. Bookings must be made online only at BLOCHOTELS.COM, 6. Over 18’s only, 7. Vouchers for the Electric Cinema, including Bar Tab, will be issued to the guest on check-in (one per room), 8. Cinema seats must be booked directly with The Electric and must mention the BLOC Hotel offer. Voucher must be surrendered on arrival at the cinema to redeem tickets, 9. Rooms and cinema seating are subject to availability, 10. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, 11. Offer can be withdrawn at any time.

BLOC Magazine

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As summer draws to a close, the autumn issue of our magazine looks forward to some exciting events that are taking place in our nation's capital, London and second-city, Birmingham.

London is easily accessible from our Gatwick hotel and Birmingham is soon to be home of a second BLOC. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to add other locations where you can sample our affordable luxury.

At BLOC, we have distilled the finest ingredients into a package that provides perfect, yet affordable conditions for any overnight stay in prime locations. It's about no-nonsense style and function.

BLOC magazine embraces this theme. We've curated some of the favourite things we have discovered on our travels including the wonders of the Emerald Isle, Bentley's new concept, travel tech and apps as well as food and drink destinations.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - don't forget to sign up to be eligible for free room upgrades, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions.

We hope that this magazine provides you with insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.