The roof is a dangerous place. Filmmakers and writers know this and it is usually the place where the protagonist faces off to the antagonist. One of them is probably going over the side. This makes life hard work for the Roofers Norwich way. Can you imagine how they would have felt if they were trying to work and Roy Batty starts going on about “attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion” just before he saves Deckard in Bladerunner. The Roofers Norwich Modbay company would take it in their stride.
Batman’s first scene in the Tim Burton film introduces us to the character and rooftops. Batman spends a considerable amount of time on rooftops either looking down from them, across from them or jumping from one to the other.
Not all roof top scenes are based on angry or sad people. One of the best rooftops scenes is the very long “Chim Chimney/Step in time” sequence. As Burt is working as a chimney sweep he takes the bold choice of inviting the children and Mary Poppins up onto the roof with the other Sweeps to perform a riotous song.
They are also the scene of romantic engagements. In Friends with Benefits Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis discuss their relationship whilst New York is displayed in front of them. The rooftop in this sense conveys all the possibilities that they have in front of them. The same is true in Sleepless in Seattle. Meg Ryan finds her perfect mate on the roof of the Empire state.« Back