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The Isle of Dogs in the Movies



Welcome to the Punch

The recent release of Welcome to the Punch highlights the increasing use of Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs by film makers.

It is not unusual to see film and TV crews about the Island, however this is not new in the 50s and 60s the docks were used  in many movies and people may be surprised how many recent films have had sequences shot here.

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Welcome to the Punch is a modern crime movie , however one of the greatest British crime movies the Long Good Friday had sequences shot on the Isle of Dogs back in 1980. A local pub The Waterman Arms now the Great Eastern was the site of one of the key scenes .


Bond made an appearance in the World is not Enough  using Millwall Docks where many of the power boat stunts were filmed


In the movie 28 Weeks later the Isle of Dogs is the primary location of the film, being the only  quarantined area  after a massive epidemic of the “Rage Virus” kills the entire population of Britain.

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Sharon Stone kills Stan Colleymore by driving their car into West India Dock in Basic Instinct 2

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Other Films that filmed sequences in and around the Isle of Dogs  :

28 Days later , Alfie (2004), Batman Begins (2005), Bollywood Queen (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Constant Gardener (2005), Johnny English (2003), Layer Cake (2004), Love Actually (2003), Patriot Games (1992), Revolver (2005), Run Fat Boy Run (2007) Sliding Doors .

If you would like a walk around some of the locations there is a Movie Map walk produced by Tower Hamlets , Press here


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