I was kindly sent a clipping from one of my clients in London a couple of weeks ago. It was a story about a Swedish filmmaker, Birger Larsen, who directed Dutch hit series – The Killing, uses a searing red filter to bring the colour of blood to his tale of murder. And he has chosen Nottingham for the backdrop for his latest film.
On the face of it – good news?
Well not exactly. To be shown on BBC2 it is (un)helpfully titled Murder.
Nottingham is becoming a hotbed of creativity. The growth plan I blogged about yesterday will enhance our reputation and hopefully see the creative sector grow. Filmmakers are part of that cultural heartbeat. All great news.
But then I discovered why Larsen had chosen us. He shoots through a deep red filter and helpfully announced, “We used the colour of blood. I don’t know Nottingham, so it was a huge surprise to me when I went there for the exterior filming we did. I sensed this hostile vibe. It might just have been me, but there was this mean vibe in the streets. I don’t know why.“
I guess I would have preferred if we had a smiley, happy story of life in Nottingham – rather than a murderous tale.
As for the Streets being hostile – where on earth did he go? It’s not a word I would use? Not have I heard it used before. I don’t wander around Nottingham in awe of a hostile vibe?
Larson is Swedish, perhaps it got lost in translation? It must be a luvvee thing?