Echoing the world-traveling life of the Princess, production of DIANA took place in over 100
different locations over nine weeks in Croatia, South East England, Central London, Pakistan and
Mozambique. Filming began in Croatia, which doubled for Australia, the Mediterranean, Rimini and
Bosnia. Back in the UK, filming continued at many well-known locations -- Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club,
Hyde Park and the interior of Kensington Palace, which was recreated in an old building in
Langleybury on the outskirts of London. Mozambique doubled for Angola, where Diana visited
hospitals and famously walked through the landmine-rigged fields in a hazard suit to bring the world
attention to the landmine crisis. The film concluded with a journey to Pakistan, where Diana herself
journeyed to meet Hasnat Khan's family in an effort to win them over.
Throughout, the focus was on capturing the reality of moments many will remember from
news stories: Diana hugging an elderly woman at a graveside in Bosnia; Diana visiting recuperating
landmine victims; Diana holidaying in a sleek bathing suit on Dodi Fayed's boat and, probably the
most famous of all, Diana's "Panorama" interview with Bashir.
"The most important thing was to recreate these iconic moments in such a way that you are
reminded of how you felt when you were actually there," says Bernstein. "Oliver recreated these in a way that gives you a shiver down your spine."
Cinematographer Rainer Klausmann, who also shot DOWNFALL for Hirschbiegel, kept the
camerawork fast-paced yet intimate. He and Hirschbiegel were particularly keen to capture the chaos
of Diana's constant tug-of-war with hordes of media, as they both hounded her and helped her to
increase her legend and influence. "We really wanted to recreate that atmosphere she lived in -- with
the press shouting at her and the photographers who followed her around like a pack of insects," says
For production designer Kave Quinn, whose films include HARRY BROWN and
TRAINSPOTTING, research was critical. "Oliver wanted certain moments in Diana's life to be
matched exactly -- the hospital in Angola, the landmines visit, the Christie's auction, the Victor Chang
charity event and Diana's visit to Bosnia," Quinn explains. "He preferred that we use real places
rather than sets so we worked with a lot of different locations to recreate them."
Some locations were less well known and had to be recreated through a mix of research and
imagination, especially the interiors of Diana's and Khan's apartments. ""We had photographs of
Diana's apartment at Kensington Palace, but we didn't know what it actually looked like at that period
of her life. We knew the layout and the number of rooms, but research was critical. We really delved
to find out as much as we could about Diana's kitchen, her living room -- all those critical little details,"
While they could not get inside to shoot at Kensington Palace, the filmmakers were grateful to
get permission from the Royal Household to film outside the palace gates, which are so recognizable,
and to shoot Diana jogging in Kensington Gardens, near her last home.
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