Were these movie stars filming in your street?
Hollywood just can’t keep away from Hackney, to be specific, Dalston; to be more specific, the litter-blown Kingsland Centre car park outside Sainsbury’s. Erecting a prominent sign that said “If it’s loose, it’s lost” next to a wheel-less VW Golf – what are they trying to say? — a crew backed by 20th Century Fox and Sky owner Rupert Murdoch based itself there for a few days’ filming scenes for two Sky1-backed movie adaptations of police thriller novels by Mark Billingham (he looks cool).
Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat are the provisional titles and the movie-TV actor David Morrissey, 45, recently seen in Doctor Who and Red Riding(1983), is producer and star. Let’s hope it shaping up better than Don’t Worry About Me, scouser Morrissey’s love token to Liverpool, that was hampered by a weak plot and worse script. (Shocking detail: the Bafta-nominated polymath was born in Everton but gives his allegiance to the other club.)
Morrissey and his co-star, Natasha McElhone, 38 (Californication), and Aidan Gillen (Queer as Folk, The Wire) were to be seen entering near Downham Road in De Beauvoir to put themselves under the high-definition cameras. Mind that blemish, cameraman! Jamaican-born Stephen Hopkins(24, Californication, a one-time consort of Boogie Nights chiquita Heather Graham, is the director. (This is turning into a slebfest.)
The 190cm-tall (never mind; it’s tall) Morrissey has set up a toweringly ambitious contract, a first for Sky. It is part of a multimillion-pound push into drama production; or so says the satellite broadcaster; we’ve heard too many movie-funding boasts before. Under the deal, the films will be shown on Sky1 and Sky1 HD as a six-part series in autumn 2010 and then go on cinema release.
The Kingsland Centre must be making so much money out of hosting film crews (gatecrashing the canteen trailer can be rewarding: Hollywood luvvies are expected to expect good food) that its owners could surely lower the parking charges. At least the owners could clean up the detritus that drifts around the tarmac.