Trafalgar Square in 28 Weeks Later
Date posted: 01.05.2007
28 Weeks Later is the sequel to 2002 film 28 Days Later, reuniting the creative team of Danny Boyle, Alex Garland, and Andrew Macdonald. Led by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 28 Weeks Later will be released by 20th Century Fox on 11 May.
The story picks up six months after the rage virus has annihilated the British Isles. The US Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin.
The repopulation starts in the Isle of Dogs in London - the quarantined area referred to as District One. As the first wave of refugees return, a family is reunited - but one of them unwittingly carries a terrible secret. The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever.
Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau and Catherine McCormack lead a cast of talented newcomers including Mackintosh Muggleton and Imogen Poots.
The film was shot across London in the summer of 2006 and featured iconic London locations such as Canary Wharf, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, The Regents' Park and Trafalgar Square.
Trafalgar Square was used as part of a montage. A small group of survivors are forced to leave District One after another outbreak of the disease means that the American troops call a code red on the area.
"During the filming of 28 Weeks Later we were asked to close down Trafalgar Square and dress it to look as though London had been deserted for 6 months. Initially, this seemed like a mammoth task, but with some clear communications and the fantastic help from the GLA, it turned out to be a very painless exercise with amazing results." Josh Yudkin, 28 Weeks Later Location Team.
The Greater London Authority and the production were able to manage this shoot with careful planning and good communication.
"I found myself standing on the square at dawn as the production descended on an empty Trafalgar Square and dressed the fountains with pond weeds and covered the squares stonework with tufts of grass to give the impression of decay. Because of the early start of the shoot and through deceptive camera angles and friendly stewarding the production was able to give the impression of a deserted space whilst busy London traffic passed by." Paul Cavanagh GLA Squares Management Team.
Trafalgar Square offers excellent facilities for film-makers, including 24 hour Heritage Wardens, the Café on the Square and public toilets.
If you would like to make an enquiry about filming in Trafalgar Square please contact the Greater London Authority Squares Management Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7983 4813.