Finsbury to feature in moody love story
A NEW £1.5million feature film could do for Finsbury Park what the movie Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, did for Notting Hill.
Broken Lines, due to be premiered in the UK next year, is described as a tense love story set in the moody cosmopolitan setting of Finsbury Park.
It is co-written by actors Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosa, who both star in the film alongside veteran actress Rita Tushingham and Paul Bettany.
Dan Fredenburgh, 39, a former Highbury Grove pupil from Milner Square, said he was fulfilling a long held dream to make a film around Finsbury Park.
“The area has a great atmosphere,” said Dan. “You have the wonderful array of North African and Middle Eastern cafés and restaurants along Blackstock Road.
“There are poor neighbourhoods as well as up-and-coming ones.”
The story involves Jake, a young Jewish property developer played by Dan, being drawn back to the inner-city Finsbury Park of his youth, where his father owned a tailoring business.
He meets and is drawn to B (Doraly Rosa), who is waitressing at a café he frequents.
B is also in a relationship, with Chester (Paul Bettany), an ex-boxer crippled after suffering a stroke in a fight, who is becoming increasingly dependent on her.
The two hour film was shown in Venice last year.