You’ll find them along London’s Northern Line: Aphrodite’s temple in Shoreditch, Athena’s temple attached to the British Library, Ares’ temple in Trafalgar Square…welcome to the world of The Northern Line Series, created by Jessica Burn and produced by Fall of the House Productions. The Northern Line Series is a retelling of Greek myths, set around locations on London’s Northern Line. Currently there are three short films in the series: A Gift from Aphrodite, Into the Labyrinth and The Guardian of Thebes with crowdfunding for a fourth short, Medusa’s Kitchen now in progress.
Enter the world of The Northern Line Series, but beware: be very careful what you say about the Gods. Remember they are always listening and are very sensitive to insult or hubris. The Films The Guardian of Thebes Thebes is a particularly nasty run down neighbourhood in London located between Kings Cross and Caledonia road. A ruthless gangster named Laius controls the area and is determined to build himself a nefarious kingdom which he can rule unrivaled and eventually seize complete control of the underground criminal networks of the city. But Thebes has another dangerous inhabitant who, in her way, provides a certain protection for the lost souls of London, an inhabitant who even Laius is wary of. She is waiting for a man whose arrival has been prophesied…a man who will destroy Laius and finally clean up the streets of Thebes. Until then…Let me ask you a question…
A Gift From Aphrodite The hapless Pygmalion is hot property thanks to his novels. Despite Aphrodite’s best efforts, the lovelorn Pygmalion only has eyes for his fictional creation, Galatea. What’s a goddess to do? This is the story of what happens when Aphrodite decides to help the young writer find love by thinking far, far outside the box.
Into the Labyrinth A rare look at the inner workings of the famous Labyrinth of Borough Market and how one day even the gods might want to see an end to the annual slaughter.
The Northern Line Series was created by Jessica Burn, an actress and circus performer. It is produced by her company Fall of the House and was born of a great passion for great stories, all things mythologyrelated and, of course, London. After initially training as an actor, Jessica moved into circus 8 years ago, training in aerial skills, stilts and fire performance. The circus life has seen her traveling all over the world; performing in festivals, operas, at private functions and an Olympic ceremony. She still performs frequently as a stilt walker whilst making and writing films.
In creating The Northern Line Series Jessica has chosen to drawn on the vibrant circus world for the cast of the short films; utilizing performers she has had the pleasure of working with over the years. As well as breathing life into the wellknown characters of Greek myth seen in the films, these performers also have skills ranging from aerial silks, rope, stilts, free running, juggling, physical theatre and even a strong man! Jessica has big ambitions for this project and sees these shorts as just the beginning.
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