Shiver Me Timbers In South London!
What does that mean, ‘Shiver me timbers?’ Is it like ‘Shake my wooden legs’? Anyway, pirates are ahoy in Greenwich, Sarf London as ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 4’ films there this month.
My mate John is a pirate. I mean he actually looks like one. He’s large and beardy and beringed and tattooed, and tends toward the Greatcoat and Thigh Boots school of dress. So now he’s working in the movie as an extra, obviously. But the funny thing is, why do film crews still go to Greenwich now that there’s CGI?
I remember ‘The Music Lovers’, Ken Russell’s bombastic (but rather good) take on the life of Tchaikovsky, being partly filmed among the colonnades there, but it’s no longer necessary. Here’s how the film ‘John Adams’ recreated its maritime setting – and the shock is just how much can be done in post now.