I’ve been playing Curby in Kentish Town for as long as I’ve lived here – nearly 11 years now. The kerbs on our quiet residential streets are, after all, ideally suited to it.
Often, my friends and I had discussed the possibility of Curby becoming a recognised sport – with established rules and local leagues and so on. And with the Olympics approaching, it seemed timely to make a film about an enthusiast’s campaign to get his beloved Curby into the Games. When it came to choosing locations in which to shoot, it was straightforward. We simply filmed everything where we play to this day: Leverton St, Ascham St, Falkland Rd and so on.
The film is one-third of a BBC mini-series called Games On. Significant portions of the other two films were also shot in Kentish Town: on Fortess Rd, Highgate Rd and in the Bull & Gate. And many of the actors are local residents, including Tom Basden and Tim Key.
And if you like what you see, I definitely recommend you catch lead actor Nick Mohammed, who’s doing Edinburgh previews at The Invisible Dot in Camden throughout July.
Words: Rick Edwards
Rick Edwards is a writer, television presenter and Kentish Town lover.