Louise: It was filmed off the coast of Normandy, at these various sort of bunker sites, following on from this sort of interest in Brutalist architecture. And so we looked at these kind of particular bunkers along the Atlantic wall which were of course built by the Nazis during the 30s and 40 as part of the Nazi defences and they are quite intriguing structures because they sort of seem to be almost functionless and you know, they’re kind of sort of sitting by the shore, by the sea, and they’re kind of perplexing dwellings almost, they look kind of quite intriguing as Brutalist concrete structures.
Jane: We filmed at various sites, as Louise mentioned, four specifically, looking at these bunkers which J.G. Ballard has referred to as the architecture of death. They are quite a potent symbol of what that whole building and what that whole ethos was meant to represent in terms of their design, you know the supposed menace is still lingering in those buildings.
Louise: Those bunkers talk a bit about horror, there’s something about these bunkers that have, you know, it’s like the last shot of the planet of the apes or something, you wonder, you know, what’s that about, what is the resonance of that, what does that mean, what was that functioning, and so I think we really wanted to heighten that. The thing that is interesting is these buildings are no longer functioning, that’s the element of dystopia that comes into looking; I think they’re fascinating structures.