The sci-fi movie Dredd is a remake of the Judge Dredd comic strip. You’ll be aware of it if you’re a comic book lover. If you enjoy watching movies, you may remember the 1995 version of the same story starring Sylvester Stallone and Armand Assante. Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Wood Harris, and Olivia Thirlby are among the cast members of this Pete Travis-helmed 2012 production.
With a $30 million budget and a 2012 release, DNA Films’ film barely covered its costs, earning only $41.5 million at the box office. For comic book enthusiasts, the film is still something of a cult classic, much like its Stallone forerunner. And now, we’re going to look at some of the places where it was filmed.
Dredd Filming Locations
In 2010, Dredd was filmed in South Africa and the United Kingdom. The majority of the film was primarily shot there in November over the course of 13 weeks, with additional photography taking place in the exteriors of many cities in the African nation for an additional seven weeks. Let’s now look more closely at the locations where the cast and crew filmed the key scenes that gave this movie life.
Fun fact: Anthony Dod Mantle, the head cinematographer for this production and a BAFTA Award winner whose work on Slumdog Millionaire is fantastic, had never used 3D cinematography before but embraced the challenge.
The opening scenes take place at the Oriental Shopping Center, a large mall that distributes goods and services from Asia; it is a great place to grab a bite if you want to engage in Asian cuisine or are interested in buying some good quality products from that region. A small number of indoor and outdoor scenes were shot in and around the Colindale neighborhood of London.
From the United Kingdom, we travel to South Africa, where the majority of the film was photographed over a period of twenty weeks divided into two parts, with thirteen weeks dedicated to in-depth and action sequences and an additional seven weeks to outdoor and ambiance.
The interior sequences for Dredd were filmed in Cape Town Film Studios, which is situated in that city’s Western Cape. It was established in 2010 and has produced a number of well-known films, including Bloodshot, Tomb Raider, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Chronicle. The 200-hectare studio has also served as the shooting location for shows including Netflix’s One Piece and Warrior, as well as the eleventh season of Doctor Who.
Its many tourist attractions include Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain, Sea Point and Lion’s Head, the historic V&A Waterfront, a busy central business sector, and Camps Bay. Cape Town is a stunning setting and the legislative capital of South Africa.
The cast and crew settled in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, for a few weeks to film several scenes across its vast urban landscape, which was filled with buildings and city areas that were accommodated to give Dredd that city-like futuristic feel. Johannesburg is also home to the largest firms and banks in that country and is known as “The City of Gold.”
The city’s art gallery, Hillbrow Tower, Ponte City, the renowned University of the Witwatersrand, the iconic Nelson Mandela bridge, as well as the numerous districts, markets, and shopping centers that make the city a bustling metropolis and a tourist destination for anyone wishing to visit, are just a few of the many landmarks in Johannesburg.
And with Johannesburg, we come to the end of our coverage of Dredd’s filming locations. Dredd is an action movie set in a futuristic dark city, and the production team was able to create that world through the magic of skilled cinematographers and the adaptability of the filming locations.