A funny Valentine in North Laine

Photo:Kensington Gardens photographed in 2014

Kensington Gardens photographed in 2014

Short film called 'Elephant'

By Jackie Fuller, North Laine resident

On Valentine’s Day 2015 (14th February) a short 10 minute film called “Elephant”, written by and starring Nick Helm and Esther Smith, was shown by BBC iPlayer as part of a series of nine ‘shorts’ under the general title of “Funny Valentines”.

Filmed mainly in North Laine

It was filmed largely in North Laine, including Kensington Gardens. There were glimpses of Bluebird Tea Company, Snoopers Paradise and other familiar locations.

Two blue plaques referred to

The two blue plaques to Anita Roddick and Ken Fines were both referred to in the film but the characters wrongly stated that they actually lived in the places where the plaques can be seen. In fact neither of them ever lived in North Laine! The plaque to Anita in Kensington Gardens marks the premises where she had her first shop; and the one to Ken Fines is simply a central place chosen to maximise the number of people who might walk past and see it (above Infinity Foods in North Road), as he is remembered as the Director of Planning who saved our area from demolition and created the conservation area with the name North Laine.

Just a bit of fun

The film was just a bit of fun though. Two best friends while away a skint afternoon together walking around our area, trying to avoid what's staring them both in the face. Why would they let the fact that they've fallen in love get in the way of them talking nonsense to each other? And what's so wrong with settling for second best if it avoids an awkward conversation?


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 233, March/April 2015]


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