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Underwater stage at Pinewood in Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction

Date posted: 01.04.2006

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, the follow up to the San Francisco set thriller, is released nationwide on 31 March. This Sharon Stone vehicle shot predominantly in London, with several scenes lensed at Europe's largest studio complex, Pinewood Studios.

Fourteen years on and best-selling crime novelist Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone) once again finds herself on the wrong side of the law. After re-locating from San Francisco to London she is still up to her old tricks, but this time set against the glorious backdrop of the capital.

The story begins with the mysterious death of a pop star. Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey), a respected London criminal psychiatrist, is brought in by Scotland Yard to perform a psychiatric profile of her following this incident. As before, Trammell uses her feminine wiles to tempt and confuse her male counterpart - appealing to his most 'basic instincts'.

One of the key action sequences of Basic Instinct 2 takes place along the River Thames. A Spyker sports car plunges into the river in London's famous Docklands area of Canary Wharf. Film London worked closely with the production to facilitate their filming across the city - liaising with The Canary Wharf Group, British Waterways, London Boroughs and the Metropolitan Police to achieve some unique and stunning footage of London, as well as the stunt sequence in question.

The car ends up crashing through a kiosk and plunging into the waters below. The submerged car was filmed in the state-of-the-art Underwater Stage at Pinewood Studios. The stage opened in 2005 and Basic Instinct 2 was the first feature film to take advantage of the excellent underwater filming conditions created in the facility. 
The Underwater Stage is housed within a purpose built block. Viewing windows are located on the west, south and east sides of the tank. The stage also contains single sex showers, changing facilities and two offices which are adaptable spaces.

The water temperature in the tank is maintained at 22 degrees C (72 degrees F) and can be raised to 28 degrees C (82 degrees F) within 48 hours. It has fully automated chemical dosing and ultra violet treatment systems - keeping the water crystal clear and at a comfortable working level. 

The (collective) Studios provide the flexibility of 36 stages, award winning post-production facilities, two purpose built digital wide-screen television studios, with backlots and grounds covering over 200 acres. The production shot for 15 weeks on various stages.

Find out more about Pinewood Studios.

Visit the official website for Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction.

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