Shab­bat shop­ping dis­rup­tion leads


THE PRES­ENCE of Hol­ly­wood film cam­eras in the street would or­di­nar­ily have res­i­dents peek­ing out from be­hind their net cur­tains.

But the film­ing of an adap­ta­tion of the novel Disobe­di­ence, about a les­bian ro­mance at the heart of the Jewish com­mu­nity, has in­stead caused con­ster­na­tion.

It is not the con­tent of the movie mak­ing res­i­dents an­gry, but dis­rup­tion to their prepa­ra­tions for Shab­bat.

The in­abil­ity to park out­side kosher shops in Gold­ers Green led to a se­ries of com­plaints to lo­cal coun­cil­lor Shi­mon Ryde.

Mr Ryde said peo­ple were wor­ried about planned park­ing sus­pen­sions on The Rid­ing — one of the area’s busiest side roads — last week to ac­com­mo­date the pro­duc­tion team.

He ex­plained: “I’m of­ten deal­ing with con­cerns about park­ing and Shab­bos. Res­i­dents rang me to say they were con­cerned about park­ing re­stric­tions on the Thurs­day evening and into Fri­day be­cause of a film.”

Res­i­dents were con­cerned the shoot- ing of the film­ing of Naomi Al­der­man’s con­tro­ver­sial 2006 book would stop them get­ting es­sen­tial Shab­bat items and might even po­ten­tially ex­pose them to dan­ger when walk­ing to their syn­a­gogues.

Mr Ryde said: “There were some se­cu­rity con­cerns. Luck­ily for res­i­dents I spoke to the pro­duc­tion team and I man­aged to get the re­stric­tions changed.”

The own­ers of the Kosher King­dom store were also an­noyed to find that de­spite re­fus­ing a re­quest to film in the shop, the road out­side had been trans­formed into a film set.

“It was a nui­sance on ev­ery front,” a spokesper­son for the store said, adding that more than 20 park­ing bays in the area were blocked off.

“We re­ceived writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion from the film lo­ca­tion man­ager that the film would not con­tain any footage of the su­per­mar­ket, nor would there be any in­ter­fer­ence in trade what­so­ever whilst film­ing was be­ing car­ried out in the gen­eral area.

“At times they blocked the en­trance and exit of our shop. They were film­ing from the morn­ing un­til about three or four in the af­ter­noon. Cus­tomers stayed away — there is no ques­tion about that.”

A Bar­net Coun­cil spokesman said the com­pany which man­ages film­ing re­quests on the au­thor­ity’s be­half had apol­o­gised to Kosher King­dom for the in­con­ve­nience.

Geoffrey Al­der­man, for­mer JC colum­nist and fa­ther of Ms Al­der­man, said he had en­joyed a “won­der­ful” time on set. He has taken part in film­ing on at least three oc­ca­sions in the past few weeks.

But asked if he had any in­sight into the prob­lems on set, he said he was un­aware of them, adding: “As I’m ap­pear­ing in the film it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment.”


A night shoot for the film Disobe­di­ence in Gold­ers Green

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