Downtown road closures for the filming of the HBO movie today

Author Marlon James, former Jamaica Observer staff member

DAILY activities in downtown Kingston will have to adapt to changes over the next two days with the closure of major roads in the bustling shopping district for filming of the HBO/Channel 4 series Get Millie Blackwhich is shot on location in the island.

The National Works Agency (NWA) issued a public notice over the weekend announcing the closure of Harbor Street and Port Royal Street on Monday, and roads between Orange Street and King Street on Tuesday, between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. both days. .

The Hallways are part of several Enterprise Zone locations that will feature in the series based on a screenplay by award-winning Jamaican writer Marlon James. The production follows ex-Scotland Yard Detective Millie-Jean Black, who returns to Kingston to work in the missing persons branch of the police and soon finds herself caught up in a web of personal and professional drama.

UK Channel 4 described the limited series as “a gripping international mystery and engrossing manhunt told in six parts through the eyes of six people, each with their own biases and beefs, all of whom believe they know the real Millie Black, maybe the deepest mystery of all”.

Motorists exiting Marcus Garvey Drive/Water Lane and needing access to Michael Manley Boulevard should turn right onto Pechon Street and take Ocean Boulevard back onto Harbor Street at the Duke Street intersection. The NWA advises westbound traffic along Port Royal Street towards Marcus Garvey Drive to turn left onto East Street, travel along Ocean Boulevard and re-enter Port Royal Street at the intersection of Pechon Street .

Other locations expected to be used over the next three months are the Hellshire Hills in Portmore, St Catherine; Braemar Avenue, Ravinia, Hunt’s Bay Police Station and Strathmore Great House in the Kingston area.

In a statement to the media, James – creator and executive producer – said he was delighted to put Jamaica on the show’s map. “This is the first major international TV show to put my home country of Jamaica center stage, so it’s beyond awesome to have real, world-class Jamaican talent in front and behind the camera. , with our star Tamara Lawrance and director Tanya Hamilton,” he said.

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