Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Rue des canettes, Paris 6e

A French patisserie in Sydney? No, a whole Parisian street complete with traditional name plaque, patisserie, outdoor cafe, pigeons, lady walking her little white dog and of course... gentleman with a beret. Does it look Parisian enough? They tried hard, it's a movie set! What for? All Saints, a drama series about life in an emergency ward that is shown on TV every Tuesday (tonight!) on Channel Seven. Most episodes take place exclusively at the hospital but in this one, star doctor Frank Campion follows his girlfriend to Paris where he proposes. Reluctant at first, she finally say yes and while the couple passionately embrace, the crowd cheers in French and drinks to love: Ah Paris, you've done it again! The script was so over the top it was hilarious. I was hired as an extra for the day and sneaked this shot in between two takes. This man, also an extra, is actually from Belgium. We all had a great time in the fake Rue des canettes! Tomorrow I'll take you backstage.

Est-ce une pâtisserie française de Sydney ? Non, une rue complète de Paris avec plaque en métal émaillé, terrasse de café, pâtisserie, pigeons, dame promenant son petit chien blanc et monsieur à béret. Est-ce assez ressemblant ? C'est un décor de cinéma ! All Saints est une série télévisée qui passe tous les mardis (ce soir !) sur Channel Seven, une dramatique sur la vie d'un service d'urgences. D'habitude tout se passe à l'hôpital mais dans cet épisode, le docteur Frank Campion, patron du service, part retrouver sa petite amie à Paris où il la demande en mariage. D'abord hostile, elle finit par dire oui : la magie de Paris a opéré et les clients du bar, tout émus, boivent à la santé des amoureux ! Le scénario était si ridicule qu'il en était hilarant. Moi, figurante pour la journée, j'ai profité d'une pause entre deux prises pour voler cette image. Ce monsieur, figurant comme moi, est d'origine belge. On s'est bien amusés dans la fausse rue des canettes ! Demain je vous emmène dans les coulisses... Posted by Picasa

19 comments:

Eric said...

Excellent! It made me smile. It's actually pretty close to the real one isn't (well from what I can see). How to you end up in this film for the day? Did tehy only take French extras?

Fay said...

Very interesting story! Thanks for sharing!

John - Melbourne said...

Yummy cakes, it looks a little like Acland Street down here in St kilda. Good spot for the afternoon tea I'm sure!

Kate said...

Sounds like a great deal of fun; good portrait!

Nathalie said...

Eric, they hired about 100 extras for the day and all of them had to 'look French' (whatever that means!) and be able to speak French. The offer came through the grapevine within the French community in Sydney. I just had to seize the opportunity!!!

Another thing you'll love Eric is that the props manager generously distributed cigarettes around (either standard or herb ones) and encouraged as many people as possible to smoke. Smoking, now THAT makes a scene look French!

John yes, the pastries came from an excellent French patisserie in Sydney and they were fantastic... except we weren't allowed to eat them: they were needed again for another scene two weeks later!

Michael said...

Great pic. Had me fooled when I saw it on City Photo blog! Do you have a role in the series?

Olivier said...

Merci Nathalie de nous depayser un peu ;o)
à ce que je lis, ils n'ont pas peur d'utiliser un maximun de ponsif sur les français.
Mais où est le beret et la baguette ?

Nathalie said...

My role Michael was humbly small.

I was originally supposed to be the lady on a bike: I was delighted. Except the bike ended being a bundle of rust with no brakes and a flat tyre: typically French ?!?? So I was told to leave the bike against a shop window and continue on foot. End of the cycling adventure!

I then spent most of the day walking or sitting pretty close to the two stars, but in the final version you can only see me twice, as a blurry figure in the background, for a whopping three seconds each time. Only my close relatives and friends were able to recognise me...If I ever hoped this would be the start to a rocketing carrier in cinema, let's face it, it's not going to happen! LOL

Ben said...

Congrats Nathalie!
Another carrier will be blooming!

And thanks for sharing very interesting story. I'm looking froward your next pic.

Pierre said...

Très drôle! Excellente aventure cinématographique racontée avec humour!
"Not Going to happen?" Who knows... :)

Nick said...

What a great way to spend a day - and a great picture too.

lynn said...

How exciting! Authentic looking shot and what a great time you must have had. I've done some acting and it's great fun isn't it and a whole education on the way films are actually made. There's s..o.. m..u..c..h t..i..m..e s..i..t..t..i..n..g a..r..o..u..n..d ! Look forward to more shots.

teo mocchi said...

Wonderful blog Nathalie!
I can't choose my favourite photo...wonderful...

Matthieu said...

Merci pour ton message. Ma curiosité m'attire une nouvelle fois vers ton blog ... Je reviendrai afin d'admirer ta performance, peu importe ta durée d'apparition à l'écran ...

Le cadre de la boulangerie est certes un environnement français. Dommage qu'on ne visualise pas le café si cher à Eric ou la baguette si chère au prototype du Français !

Meg Nakagawa said...

How fantastic. I think they show All Saints here. I must pay attention to that episode, though knowing NZ tv, it'll be in a year or two.

But you never know, it takes only one Hollywood scout! Remember us when you move to California.

Ame said...

Hi Nathalie!!! Thanks for visiting SCDP...and for the sweet comments! ;-) I LOVE this shot...that gentleman looks so dashing...makes me miss Paris AGAIN!!! And how FUN...being an extra...you'll be FAMOUS someday! =)

Nicolas said...

Excellent !!! Le type que tu as photographié a un faux air de Jason Robards et le petit bout de patisserie donne une atmosphere française en effet ... ou etait-ce? Est-ce la fameuse patisserie francaise de Paddington?
Bravo et il faudra surveiller l'episode parisien de All Saints.

Cergie said...

C'est marrant, "paris vu par..."
je me souviens quand ma fille était à la maison, elle suivait "beverly hill" et il y a eu un épisode à paris: les poncifs !
La toute petite chambre d'hotel, la cervelle au restaurant !

Reflex said...

Sympa :) Ils y font aussi de bonnes pâtisseries? :P

La photo de la croix je l'ai prise depuis le Nufenen pass, en Suisse :)