GB / NED / US 1998 1hr 20mins Dir: Alex Cox Starring: Miguel Sandoval and Alex Cox
Two art dealers set out in Liverpool in search of a meal, and end up in a whirlwind trip around the Earth in search of food
This surreal and subversive comic fantasy is a very odd spectacle, a truly bizarre film that makes little sense. It opens with a scene filmed at Liverpool Lime Street station and although the entrance features in several shots, a lot of trains are visible in those filmed inside. A whole plethora of Class 142 ‘Pacer’ DMU’s can be seen in the platforms, along with a Class 156 DMU, a Class 86 electric locomotive, and Mk 3 coaching stock. Perhaps a little surprising is the fact that Miguel Sandoval alights from Class 323 EMU, No.323209. It is often forgotten that the Hunslet-built ‘Centro’ units so associated with the Birmingham ‘Cross-City’ line regularly ran on services between Birmingham and Liverpool. Later, there is a very curious scene filmed on the Merseyrail system. Class 507 EMU No.507027 arrives into the Wirral Line platform of James Street station and the two businessmen join. There then follows a short scene filmed onboard the train and as the lights flicker, it turns into the Rotterdam Metro!! Interestingly, the shots at Lime Street station show the attractive liveries of three different Passenger Transport Executive’s (PTE’s): Merseyrail, Greater Manchester, and West Midlands ‘Centro’.