“Walking on a high wire”,said Woody Harrison while directing his ground-breaking live film project. “Lost in London” was filmed in multiple locations in the capital in the early hours of Friday.
the film was shot in a 100-minute single take and broadcast live to 550 US cinemas – and one in the UK, in a cinematic first.
But the project was almost derailed by the discovery of suspected world war two bombs just hours before the shoot.
The Waterloo Bridge where the movie’s closing scene took place was closed for about two hours but again opened for shoot according to plans.
“That thing has been there for 70 years and they discover it tonight? That’s impossible!”, said Harrelson and after filming he was doubtful at the timing of the “bomb” discovery.
Lost In London was shot on a single camera, involved a crew of 325 and more than 300 extras who had been rehearsing for four weeks.
“I would never do this again. No way. It felt like walking on a high wire,” said Harrelson afterwards.
Further he said “It felt like five minutes.” He added “It was only a matter of seconds. But, boy, those were some painful seconds.”
The film received great enthusiasm as it was screened in only one cinema in the UK London’s Picturehouse Central.
The comedy plot was loosely based on a real-life night out that Harrelson had in the capital in 2002 in which he ended up getting arrested and spending time in a police cell.
The film opens with the words: “Too much of this is true.”
Harrelson, playing a version of himself, is seen coming off stage in the West End to discover he’s the subject of a tabloid sex scandal just before he goes to meet his wife in a restaurant.
The film also involves comedy and fighting scenes and the script is sprinkled with references to Harrelson’s past projects, including Natural Born Killers and Cheers.
“It was pretty thrilling,” Wilson said after the filming.
“I had a lot of anxiety about doing it a couple of weeks ago but we practiced… and I was really happy to be a part of it. Maybe I should start doing theater.”
According to Harrelson “I felt like we took some risks. It was scary – the whole process.”