Shepherdess Walk Excitement!

At the end of Shepherdess Walk, where it meets City Road (a stone’s throw from my flat), there’s a little caf called The Shepherdess. We joke about it: the food’s rubbish, and it’s about as basic as basic can get, but there’s something about it that’s quite inviting. It’s a good old fashioned London caf. You can get cooked breakfast all day (or at least until it closes, at like 4:00) and it’s rather cozy in spite of its gaffer tape repaired upholstery. There are always a lot of people around for breakfast, and for lunch.

Every once in a while, there will be a handful of people there, filming something or other. It’s one of the many places in Hackney that’s available to film crews – actually just around the corner from the studio Julia Roberts used in Closer.

Well, today there wasn’t a handful of people there filming something. There was mass of people there filming something.

I noticed the trucks arriving this morning when I went to get my sandwich at the shop down the road. I was aware something was going on – they suspended some parking on a couple of streets around here and we did get notice of that (come to think of it, it’s amazing I didn’t get a ticket – I’m parked completely in the wrong place). When I went to the gym, there were some people milling about, but nothing too unusual. When I got back from the gym, however, well, the place was teeming.

Crew people all over, trucks and equipment everywhere. Spot lights, big white screens, lots of guys hauling things around. All centred around La Shepherdess. Of course, being the nosy blogger that I am, I had to take a look and after going back to my flat and, y’know, making myself look like I hadn’t just gotten home from the gym, I went out to, um, mail some letters. (This was actually legit – I did have letters to mail.)

Well I loitered for a little bit, took a couple pictures, but I didn’t really see anything too interesting. Or, rather, I didn’t see anyone I recognised. Bummer. On the way back, I had a chat with a couple of the crew who were just sitting around. We laughed at my camera (“was I trying to be paparazzi?”) and sympathised about them sitting around a lot. They’re off to Highgate this evening next. They reckoned they’d finish up at midnight. Ouch.

They did also give me some useful information, though. Well, maybe not useful, but at least somewhat interesting. The movie’s about a teacher who falls in love with one of her students and stars Cate Blanchett and Dame Judi Dench. Some basic IMDB sleuthing has found the name of the movie to be Notes on a Scandal.

I guess I’ll have to go see it now.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Nigel (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 10:49 pm

    The Shepherdess was also used in one of the Guy Richie films, I think it was Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.

    I used to work in the BGI building (the big red brick building on the other side of the road, which apparently used to be a mental hospital) and used to go in the Shepherdess when I needed a hangover breakfast.

  2. Jared (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 11:19 am

    Notes on a Scandal is by Zoe Heller – it’s a fun read. Cate Blanchett & Jodi Dench are good picks for the lead roles as well…

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