The Rage Returns to London
Date posted: 18.05.2007
28 Weeks Later is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror film and sequel to Danny Boyle’s 2002 film 28 Days Later. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, it received its UK release on 11 May 2007.
"When you’re planning a sequel you've got a pretty blank canvas and you can decide where you want to set the film but when it came to planning our film it soon became pretty clear that we couldn't go anywhere else," says producer Allon Reich about 28 Weeks Later. "The unique selling point with the 28 idea is London, it really is a character in the film. Without London, the film would be something else entirely."
One of the key locations for the film was London’s iconic Canary Wharf which featured as ‘District One’ – the island community which houses all survivors and prepares them for a new life. In a first for the industry, the Canary Wharf Group donated its location fee to a local film project, designed to bring an educational legacy to the area and community. Dubbed the ‘28 Hours Later Challenge’, young people were tasked with making a three-minute film in just 28 hours, using a prop and a line of dialogue.
Allon and his team shot all over the capital, using some of its most iconic landmarks including London Underground, St Paul's Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, 30 St Mary Axe, Shaftesbury Avenue, and Wembley Stadium – and managed to create the appearance of a deserted metropolis in one of the world’s busiest cities.
Jonah Coombes, location manager on 28 Weeks Later, said: "We wanted to portray an immediately recognisable London, but we wanted to show it as it had never been seen before. We incorporated known landmarks, as well as localised, more obscure places. We shot for 12 weeks across the capital, bringing in guns, tanks, flames and gas effects. Everywhere we went we had to make London look looted and abandoned - nature having started to reclaim the streets.
Despite a tight schedule shooting through autumn and winter, very complex set-ups on all exteriors and dealing with various unwarranted circumstantial factors, we really managed to make London the star of the film."
Film London worked closely with the production throughout, including early liaison with the producer and director, hosting planning meetings, sourcing locations, mediation and extensive ongoing help and advice.
Find out more about 28 Weeks Later on the official website: www.28weekslatermovie.co.uk. 28 Weeks Later also features in our Location of the Month for May.