Saturday, 27 October 2007

Eastern Promises

Greenwich locations are often used in feature films - the classic structures of the Old Naval College (now Greenwich University) make it ideal for costume dramas, and Greenwich Park has been used in various films, classic and contemporary.
But if you get chance to see David Cronenberg's new film Eastern Promises, watch out for the appearance of a shadowy Deptford location - not once, but twice in the film! The alleyway leading to the river on Watergate Street is apparently a very good place for getting rid of unwanted bodies. According to one of the film's shadier characters, "the current keeps the bodies under the surface until it gets around the corner"... cut to low tide scene next to Thames Barrier.

(A short disclaimer - this film is not for the squeamish! There's a reason why it is rated 18, and that reason becomes clear from very early in the film. However the scene with the naked, tattooed Russian fighting for his life in a Turkish Bath is well worth hanging around for...!)


The Suburban Bushwacker said...

just got back from seeing it, Ace!
mrs SBW was also much taken with the bath house scene.

Anonymous said...

Apologies for contacting you through a comment (feel free to delete this!) but I couldn't find any other way.

Just wanted to let you know that I love the local focus of your blog and have added it to, a website I've set up which includes listings of local blogs and which I'm hoping will help people get more in touch with their local communities.

On a different note, I'm working on a website to put local takeaway menus online. I'd really appreciate your thoughts on it (good idea/bad idea/should do X) if you have a moment to take a peek. The (trial) website is

Anyway, keep up the good work! I hope the knitting side of things isn't so busy that you don't have time for more local blogging soon!

All the best,

Matt (from Deptford / Surrey Quays)

DDKK said...

Thanks Matt, it's great to know that people read and appreciate the blog, and it is already paying dividends in building communities, at least among bloggers...