Eurostar bankrolls Meadows’ pic

Film set in north London

LONDON — Eurostar, London-Paris train operator, is bankrolling a 35-minute short film directed by Shane Meadows.

Pic, with the working title “Somers Town,” is the story of two boys living in the area of London just north of St. Pancras station, which has been transformed by the construction of the new Eurostar terminal.

This opens to the public in November, but a spokesperson for the project said the Meadows short is not a commercial for Eurostar.

It’s scripted by Paul Frazer, who wrote the previous Meadows pics “Dead Man’s Shoes” and “TwentyFourSeven,” and produced by Tomboy Films.

Meadows, who started shooting Sept. 10, commented, “Coming to London by train over the last few months, it’s been amazing watching the changes happening to London around the St. Pancras/Kings Cross area and the idea of making a short film that is set in this period of transition was immediately attractive.”

“It will be the first film I have made in London, and I wanted to try and capture both the familiarity and strangeness of London. In a funny way, it has also become a much more cosmopolitan production than my previous work, with a cast from Poland, France and the U.K., and an Argentinian director of photography.”

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