The bookshop is dead.
A still from The Bakery's The Last Bookshop.
I bet that had you going didn't it? Don't worry it's not real, it's a still from a short film called The Last Bookshop.
I recently paid a visit to Mr Books in Tonbridge and whilst talking books he happened to mention this charming film that his shop starred in alongside our own Hall's bookshop.
The short 20-minute feature imagines a future in which there are no bookshops left to browse. Could be a future closer than you think couldn't it?
It starts with a young boy surfing the Internet which then rather unfortunately breaks (take notice of the name on the screen he uses) . To alleviate his sudden boredom he decides to go outside. Walking around the bleak streets he wanders down a forgotten alley and discovers the last ever bookshop. Inside the old shopkeeper has been waiting over 25 years for a customer.
Well rather than me explain it why not just watch the whole thing below.
Filmed on locations in Tunbridge Wells and several other places all over Kent and London, the film’s creators Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer of British creative studio The Bakery made the film to highlight the decline of independent bookshops in the UK.
There is also a short video of the making of The Last Bookshop featuring an interview with Mr Books.
How many local locations can you spot in the film? What did you think of it?