Eltham: Bridge Street

New Zealand: PredicamentEltham: Bridge Street

Location

Hugh Morrieson's book Predicament is set in a fictional New Zealand town, as is the movie of the same name. Yet, the challenge for the filmmakers was to find a main street that could easily be turned into a 1930s-style location. Bridge Street in the South Taranaki town of Eltham seemed ideal, as the buildings had not undergone too many architectural changes since that time.

Eltham's Bridge Street in 2017.

Eltham's Bridge Street in 2017.

As a major bonus, the shop owners along Bridge Street were very accommodating and happily gave permission for their shop fronts to be repainted, decorated and even re-named. The following images show the street at the time of filming.

The film's Production Designer John Harding expressed his gratitude to the people of Eltham in a very heartfelt way: "It’s a great community and so we were extraordinarily lucky. I thought they would want me to paint all the shops back once we finished, but all except one wanted to keep them exactly as they are. It could become a tourist attraction." (Source: Predicament Press Kit).

Key Scenes

Bridge Street is a central location in the movie. We first see it at the beginning of the film, when the main character Cedric leaves home on a bike and...

...pedals down the main street of his hometown...

...pedals down the main street of his hometown...

...before he hits the Sweets and Soda shop.

...before he hits the Sweets and Soda shop.

As the story unfolds, we see glimpses of Eltham and Bridge Street many more times, yet most shots do not depict the location in a recognisable way. One of the focal points in the story is a phone booth on the main street but most of the action around it takes place at night. Therefore, the opportunities for sceneframing are limited.

The three misfits Cedric, Mervyn and Spook use the public phone booth in the main street to blackmail adulterous couples.

The three misfits Cedric, Mervyn and Spook use the public phone booth in the main street to blackmail adulterous couples.

The last prominent shot of Bridge Street comes towards the end of the film when Spook's killer Blair Bramwell is transferred to the main prison out of town.

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