Sunday, October 26, 2008

Eastern Promises


I've posted a bit before on David Cronenberg's use of local film locations - including the Crown and Sceptre in Friendly Street in Spider (2002), and the Deptford riverfront (Watergate stairs) in last year's Eastern Promises.

Last week I finally got round to watching Eastern Promises and it is an excellent (if bloody) film by any standards. The alleyway to the Thames in Watergate Street, Deptford, is the location for two important scenes at the beginning and end of the film, including this pictured scene featuring Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen. Croneberg said: 'When we found Watergate Street in Deptford, which is where the body is dumped into the river during ‘Eastern Promises’, I found that very few Londoners knew of it. People who’ve seen the movie ask me where it is. It’s a place where women and children came down to the river to say goodbye to sailors.’

The Wimpy Bar in Southwark Park Road (next to the Blue Anchor pub in Bermondsey) also features in the film - the very same Wimpy outside which Ray Winstone's character punches somebody in Nil by Mouth (1997).

1 comment:

Bill Ellson said...

Opinions on the film vary but it is worth watching for the scene at the Watergate. A scene outside Paynes Wharf in Borthwick Street leads up to it. The filmakers put some old fashoned lights on the outside of Paynes for the scene.