Behind the scenes at the Rivoli Ballroom



We ran the ad called "The Date" a while back, which showed the Rivoli off at its finest. Here's 'the making of'.

The Rivoli also stars in the latest Anne Hathaway vehicle, One Day, which is based on a book which apparently lots of people like and they are angry because, instead of a frumpy northerner, the producers cast Anne Hathaway, almost as though they were trying to score a commercial hit.

15 comments:

dsj3000 said...

Wasn't she the hideously ugly one in the devil wears prada?

Brockley Nick said...

I prefer Emily Blunt and I wouldn't have cast her as Catwoman. But hideously ugly, no.

The Dark Knight said...

Nick, you might not have cast her as Batwoman but then remember that you're Brockley Nick and you're good at moderating blogs, whereas Christopher Nolan is the director of the Batman Franchise, and he's good at that. He may have made a good call with that casting - lets wait for the film to come out before we decide.

pip said...

"One Day" (the book) was pretty good, a page-turner, though I wasn't that keen on the ending.

"the producers cast Anne Hathaway, almost as though they were trying to score a commercial hit."

There's an element of cowardice about it too, going for the supposedly low-risk option of an established name. I don't object to American actors playing British characters PROVIDED they pull the accent off. Gwyneth Paltrow and Renee Zellweger have managed it pretty well in the past (albeit their English accents were so clipped they could have come straight out of Brief Encounter). A poor accent can render a film unwatchable, and unfortunately it sounds like that's what has happened here with Anne Hathaway, according to the UK reviews.

Brockley Nick said...

@TheDarkKnight - In Nolan we trust. I was wrong to have said that. Thank you for putting me back in my box.

dsj3000 said...

Sorry, no she's not ugly... They acted as though she was in the devil wears prada...

fong said...

Have seen One Day - do you know which bit was in the Rivoli? Couldn't recognise it.

Anonymous said...

Is it a good film?

TM said...

As it has been sadi, on another thread, there needs to be more places to dance in Brockley.

So let's hire the Rivoli and have a Brockley Central Ball!

Over to you, Ben Jon and Nick.......

Has Kate moved on?

fong said...

The film isn't great, to be honest. Anne Hathaway's accent is terrible and there's not enough time for the characters to develop. All of the other actors are good though.

Anonymous said...

Fong - The bit with the red velevet background?

Brockley Gal said...

The whole scene with the Wedding Reception with the bride singing badly. The Rivoli is recognisable by the red velvety backdrop / gold / dark wood panels. But in the film they go outside on the roof and you are transported to a central london location. Went to the pictures for some escapism and ended up back in Brockley.

TM said...

The roof of the real Rivoli is Asbestos Cement.

If you went on there you would fall through.

Ooops lapsed into surveyor mode.

Mb said...

Cementite. Tm, I could give you tails of woh about asbestos in the underground but I may be accused of being obsessed.

notesofanidealist said...

One of the very many things wrong with the book was that good things happened in North London, while South London was either Hell (Brixton) or a place you got your car stereo nicked (Stockwell). So I'm glad to see the film putting things right this way.

I think people are overdoing Anne Hathaway's accent; it's certainly wobbly, but the film's Emma is a prettified version who might well have a wobbly accent, while the original would have stuck proudly to hers. Since director Lone Scherfig has in the past prettified sexual exploitation of minors (in 'An Education') I don't think this is such a big deal by comparison.

I was more worried by Portcullis House (built about 2000) appearing in 1994; and by Ms Hathaway riding a bike like she'd never been on one before, especially in London.

Could be dangerous, that, love...

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