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DIANA

Making Diana
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 Hirschbiegel.

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," she says.

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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