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The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Poster

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Some of the aerial footage was shot by a second unit in the ghost town of Prypjat, near Chernobyl, in the Ukraine. Director Colm McCarthy: "I was very interested in post-apocalyptic imagery and urban exploration. We wanted to surprise people rather than have people coming in expecting a studio level film. We sent a micro drone unit to Pripyat, Chernobyl to shoot helicopter footage with Pripyat doubling for urban London." [2016]
In the book, Helen Justineau is described as a dark-skinned black woman in her 40's. Miss Justineau's dark skin is also a draw for Melanie, as the character states more than once in the book. Melanie also considers her teacher the most beautiful woman in the world. An excerpt from the book says; 'Although Miss Justineau's face stands out anyway because it's such a wonderful, wonderful colour. It's dark brown, like the wood of the trees in Melanie's rainforest picture whose seeds only grow out of the ashes of a bushfire, or like the coffee that Miss Justineau pours out of her flask into her cup at break time. Except it's darker and richer than either of those things, with lots of other colours mixed in, so there isn't anything you can really compare it to'. A short story written by Melanie in class describes Miss Justineau's general appearance: "Once upon a time there was a very beautiful woman. The most beautiful and kind and clever and amazing woman in all the world. She was tall and not bent over, with skin so dark she was like her own shadow, and long black hair that curled around so much it made you dizzy to look at her". Gemma Arterton, who is white, was cast for the role. She was in her late 20's when the film was shot.
Some of the scenes were shot in the middle of the busy Birmingham (UK) business district.
Glenn Close's sister-in-law, Deb Close, is a massive fan of zombie films, having always wanted to be in one, and has a small role as one of the "hungries" in the scene where the group has to work their way through a crowd of them. She is the one wearing a blue knit, with green facial fungus and blood around the mouth and neck, that Glenn stares at as her character walks past. Deb flew to the UK especially for the part, and the first thing Glenn did after accepting her role was call to let Deb know she was in a zombie film.
According to director Colm McCarthy an influence on the style was Gareth Edwards's Monsters (2010): "I also spoke to Gareth Edwards about "Monsters" ahead of shoot. That film was a reference point." [2016]
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Some parts of the film were shot in Shirley a suburb of Solihull (West Midlands) outside the abandoned Powergen building.
Filming for the movie was also shot at RAF Upper Hayford in Oxfordshire. In the book the actual location is an RAF base in Bedfordshire. To make these scenes more authentic to the book an actual real family from the book location was cast to play a family of infected 'Hungries'.

Actors and Special Action Artists Pete Buzzsaw Holland, Tina Holland and their son Zak Holland were cast to work side by side with the stunt team in scenes along with the main cast. Over the duration of the location shoot the Holland's became affectionately referred to as 'The Hungry Family' by their fellow supporting artists and it has now become a title that has stuck and 'The Hungry Family' are proud to be known by.
Based on the book 'The Girl With All The Gifts' by M.R. Carey
Sennia Nanua's feature film debut.
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The disused bus station and adjoining disused shopping precinct in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, were used for some outside locations.
Filmed in the UK's second city, Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.
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On August 3rd, it's the opening movie of Locarno Film Festival 2016
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In the book, Melanie is described as blond with blue eyes. Helen Justineau, in the book, was described how Melanie appears in the film.
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Much like 28 Days Later... (2002) this is an outbreak virus with non-zombies, they are inflicted with anger and have the taste for human flesh. The same as the movie mentioned above and also its sort of sequel 28 Weeks Later (2007). Director Colm McCarthy has said that zombies were a bit old hat and so he decided to follow the same antics as Danny Boyle and make a sort of Rage virus.
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Based on the book by the same name by M.R. Carey.
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Mike Carey: Writer of the book and film briefly appears as one of the "hungries" thrashing against the fence to the military base, wearing a jacket and blue shirt at the front.

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