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Broadway Market in Eastern Promises

Date posted: 01.11.2007

Reuniting director David Cronenberg with his A History of Violence leading man, Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises is a gripping thriller set and shot in contemporary London.
The film was shot in its entirety in London, using locations in Kilburn and Harlesden as well as a Turkish baths in Bayswater and a Rotherhithe burger bar. It follows the story of a midwife (Naomi Watts) whose life becomes intertwined with Mortensen's criminal organisation.

The opening scene of the film was shot over two nights on Broadway Market and features a graphic murder in a barber's shop, with Mortensen's character Nikolai being called in to 'take care' of the situation.

The shop, originally known as "Broadway Gents Hairstylist", was changed to "Azim's Hair Salon" for the shoot and the owner decided to keep the majority of the shop front after filming.

Location Manager, David Broder, said: 'In this film we wanted the underbelly of London, the slightly grittier side and we tried to be very realistic with our locations - where people lived, where they went to eat, the journeys they did. It was very much not the tourist West End of London.'

Felicity Jump, former Film Officer at the London Borough of Hackney, said: 'Hackney Council was thrilled to be involved in such a key sequence in Eastern Promises. The council arranged a meeting very early on with the traders and residents of Broadway Market so that the production company could put forward their proposals to the community.

The project was met with enthusiasm and the filming was given the support of both the council, and residents and traders alike. Filming took place over two evenings in January, but despite this, many residents braved the cold to watch the drama unfold!'
 
To film on Broadway Market please contact Rebecca Staffolani at the Hackney Film Office on 020 8356 3541 or email rebecca.staffolani@hackney.gov.uk.

Eastern Promises recently opened The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival and is now on general release.

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