Broken Lines review – movie filmed in Finsbury Park area

[from Screen Daily]

Broken Lines
Broken Lines
Lee Marshall in Venice
28 Aug 2008 11:09
Dir: Sallie Aprahamian. UK. 2008. 113mins.

Immersed in the gritty multicultural realities and historical short-circuits of life in the northern suburb of Finsbury Park, Broken Lines is one of the rare films that nails the odd flavour of contemporary London. Like Shane Meadows’ recent Somers Town, it illuminates the paradox of the British capital’s village/metropolis identity crisis. However, the first feature outing from theatre and TV director Sallie Aprahamian is an uneven ride. It’s a good advertisement for the director’s (and Science Of Sleep DP Jean-Louis Bompoint’s) visual panache, but the script by ensemble cast members Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosa is laboured and, for all its human touch, too often tips over into movie cliche. It would also have benefitted from a few cuts, being too slight for its (almost) two hour running time. In fact, it resembles nothing more than a quality BBC Play for Today from the late seventies.

[from This is Croydon today]

British film screened at festival

14:26 – 02-September-2008

A British film about a group of thirty-somethings whose lives are in turmoil has been screened at the Venice Film Festival.

Broken Lines centres around Jake (Dan Fredenburgh), a young Jewish man from London’s Finsbury Park area who lives with his fiance Zoe (Olivia Williams) in a wealthy suburban house.

Following the sudden death of his father who owns a tailors shop, Jake meets waitress Becca (Doraly Rosa) and the two embark on an affair. She is already in a relationship with ex-boxer Chester (Paul Bettany) who is semi-paralysed after a stroke he suffered during a bout.

The screenplay for the film was conceived and written by Fredenburgh and Rosa and sees Sallie Aprahamian make her directorial debut.

Aprahamian said particular attention had been paid to the north London Jewish community and East Ham Cemetery when making the film.

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She said: “I have lived all my life in this part of London. In that way, the look of the film was heavily informed by my everyday experience of life on these streets.

“I was clear from the outset that I wanted to capture the energy and the vibrancy of the place, using the colours of the streets for the film’s overall palette.”

She described in her director’s statement how Fredenburgh and Rosa brought her the script four years ago.

She said: “As first time writers, they were passionate about their material and keen to develop and hone their ideas.”


One Comment Add yours

  1. dobros says:

    This sounds interesting. Where did you see it?

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