Rye Smiling

There’s something comforting about taking in a film and realising you know every location intimately.

Rye Lane is a comedy romance that is centred on Peckham, Brixton and Herne Hill. It’s a nicely put together piece that occasionally had me floundering at the modern jargon, laughing at the absurdities and enjoying the strange moments that, on film stand out but which in real life are just part of the normal backcloth to life in the urban jungle that is home. After its quite normal for a serge-blue besequined cowboy on a seguey to be selling oranges, isn’t it?

Naturally I lost track on occasions when I was engrossed in a Bovril sign, trying to recall where it was (next to the Tate library facing Windrush Square in Brixton) rather than the plot. But this isn’t Stoppard so you don’t need to hang on every word in fear of becoming utterly discombobulated.

Do I recommend this piece. Yes, it stands alone as a dip into the culture and mores of the grimy streets I call home. Its well acted and engaging and several of the minor parts are well rounded. And if you’re interested in my mean streets and what they look like, you might do worse…

It’s also a touch distracting because there’s a tendency to be waiting for the next ‘that’s Brixton msrket’ ‘that’s the walled garden in Brockeell Park’ moment rather than focused

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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22 Responses to Rye Smiling

  1. Darlene says:

    Many movies are filmed in the Vancouver area and we often recognize familiar places and yes, it can be distracting. I arrived at work one morning to find the street blocked off and dead bodies all over the street in front of my office. A weird feeling.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Sounds good to me.

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  3. Steve Tanham says:

    Great fun. Will look out for it. Wasn’t ‘ serge-blue besequined cowboy ‘ the regular solicitor office dress?? 😎

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    I always like movies set in Chicago so I can pick out places I know. I doubt this movie will make it to the US, though – maybe on Netflix?

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  5. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    My small town was featured in only one movie – something called Moneyball. Though if you blinked you’d miss the scene!

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  7. gordon759 says:

    Did you have the disconcerting experience of seeing someone walk one way down a street, then arrive somewhere from a completely different direction.

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  8. Claire says:

    It’s similar here in Liverpool, so many films and tv programmes are made in the city. We regularly play spot the landmarks during films. We watched Batman twice because the first time we were too distracted with the scenery !

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  9. tootlepedal says:

    Your film was obviously more authentic than when Kevin Costner went from the south coast to Sherwood Forest by way of Hadrian’s Wall. I hope to watch the film when it becomes available on the small screen.

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  10. Widdershins says:

    Found the trailer in YouTube – looks like fun. 😀

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