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Complaint filed over 'Tattoo' traffic snarl

The Local · 7 Oct 2010, 12:31

Published: 07 Oct 2010 12:31 GMT+02:00

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Craig, who portrays protagonist Mikael Blomkvist, arrived in Uppsala in eastern Sweden earlier this week to begin commencing of the film, which also stars Rooney Mara as hacker Lisbeth Salander.

But with filming also set to get underway in Stockholm's Södermalm district this weekend, one local resident isn't happy with the associated disruption.

"To restrict us from reaching our homes by car for such a long time and with such short notice is, in my opinion, unacceptable," the woman, who resides in Stockholm's Södermalm district, wrote in her complaint to the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsmen (Justitieombudsmannen, JO).

According to the woman, she only received notice about restricted car access in the area one week ahead the scheduled film shoot, which begins early Friday morning.

She added that a film shoot is not a good enough reason for blocking off public streets to cars for much of the weekend.

The film shoot takes place from 5am to 8pm on Friday and 10am to 9pm on Saturday along St. Paulsgatan. The intersections along St. Paulsgatan that will be blocked include Bellmansgatan, Kvarngatan and Ragvaldsgatan, according to a notice provided by the film crew.

Fredmansgatan runs one block south of St. Paulsgatan between Bellmansgatan and Kvarnsgatan, with Bellmansgatan accessible only by stairs.

"On these days, there will be a lot of people on the street, as well as large vehicles, film equipment and cables on the ground. We ask you to pay attention when crossing. Transport and delivery vehicles will generally not be able to move within the cordoned-off area," reads the flyer left by the film production company GWDT Film and issued last Thursday.

The woman acknowledged that cars could leave her street through the schoolyard of an upper secondary school across the street, but because of the directions of the neighbouring one-way streets, drivers could not return to their homes.

She added that she has been unable to reach the site manager, who did not provide a full phone number on the flyers posted in the neighbourhood about the traffic disruptions.

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In addition, the Friday shoot includes artificial rain on the street. The flyer asked residents to close all balcony doors or windows facing St. Paulsgatan, as well as nearby windows on Bellmansgatan and Kvarngatan. It also asked residents to cover up any water-sensitive properties and apologised for the limited accessibility.

Attempts by The Local to reach the complainant and the film company were unsuccessful.

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Your comments about this article

16:18 October 7, 2010 by Jan M
Interesting. A film company deliver a flyer notifying residents of the closure of public streets. Can anyone issue notices like that? No police involvement?
16:56 October 7, 2010 by Puffin
No - they have a kommun or police permit to close the road - but the person who applied for the permit is usually responisble for the associated costs of informing residents
17:14 October 7, 2010 by izbz
Come on, woman is dumb...don't hear no one else complain!!!! If it is winter I could understand, walking on ice and snow. But look here think filming in Sweden will definately bring in more revenue to the country. Just look at the amount of tourist who also did the Millinium tour.

By the way do you really need a car to commute if you are stay in Stockholm? For F#¤K sake, take the subway train for a few days won't hurt. Maybe she is one of those looking for compensation
17:19 October 7, 2010 by Tiddler

That's thoughtful of you, telling her how she should think, feel and behave.

Any more nuggets of wisdom for those who are unable to think for themselves?
17:55 October 7, 2010 by reason
Sounds like someone with a fondness for complaining. If you don't have some kind of serious disability, parking a couple of blocks away is not so much of a chore. Certainly takes less time than composing long complaint letters (unless she has all the stock phrases memorized already). And then to send it to JO? I don't believe they're anywhere close to the permit process. The logical first step would be to contact someone closer, say Södermalms Stadsdelsförvaltning, phone number easily found online or in the directory in half a minute.
18:29 October 7, 2010 by persepeikko
Phugh*! I´d complain nowhere, I´ve got my finger and and bloody noisy harley at my backyard. Come in my way and be overrun. FTW!
19:18 October 7, 2010 by rc franden
in my state in georgia we have had over 300 major movies made this helped the jobs in our state and is state with most motion pictures made be glad you have those guys in your town it means $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
21:15 October 7, 2010 by mikewhite
What, they're doing a remake so soon after the original ???!!!

22:06 October 7, 2010 by spo10
Well, she has every right to complain but does she really want to become the bully and hinder the film's production? The sooner she accepts these temporary conditions, the sooner the film production can go on with their business and soon, it will be over.
04:44 October 8, 2010 by mkvgtired
It is actually pretty fun to watch a movie made in your city. Its two days, her fat ass has to walk a couple extra blocks for two days. Clearly she has nothing better to complain about.
10:05 October 8, 2010 by Snöregn
How does she think movies are made? LOL. In a film studio? She obviously does not realize that the value of her area is going to increase all because of the movie. Bitterfittan can walk.
11:20 October 8, 2010 by Åskar

That's because Uessians aren't capable of reading subtitles, so they have to make a copy in English.
13:03 October 8, 2010 by wabasha
fake rain? dont we get enough real rain?
04:12 October 9, 2010 by facetedjewel
Why a remake so soon? Basically, the studio is 'drafting' future marketing costs off the popularity of the books and the original. Some of the expense of 'audience creation' has already been covered.

Generous tax rebates and/or tax credits from a 'Hollywood friendly' government to the studio are often part of the equation when filming abroad. The production agrees in exchange for the credits to include local talent in the cast and crew. Some local businesses benefit as well, but the taxpayers usually foot the bill for government tax giveaways in the U.S. - in Sweden too?

A good resource for understanding the real business of Hollywood and filmmaking: www.thehollywoodeconomist.blogspot.com Go to 'archive' and read his columns.
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