[from Screen Daily]
[from This is Croydon today]
British film screened at festival
14:26 – 02-September-2008
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.
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.”