Gangs of London lead director and executive producer Corin Hardy (The Hallow, The Nun) will present exclusive new and unseen footage from the second series of the Sky Original drama, which will premiere on Sky Atlantic later this year, at the inaugural The London Action Festival.
Afterwards, in a live Q&A, Hardy will talk through exclusive behind the scenes material as well as some final finished footage, detailing the journey from script to screen of one of the new series’ most breakneck and exhilarating action set-pieces. The first series of Gangs of London was critically acclaimed for its cinematography, stunt work, choreography, special effects and performances – series two promises to push things even further as the different warring factions in England’s capital city vie for power after the shakeup of the series one finale, which Hardy also directed. Den of Geek UK Editor, Rosie Fletcher, will be moderating the Q&A.
The event takes place at the Picturehouse Central, right in the centre of London’s West End between 6.30pm – 7.30pm on Saturday July 30th May and tickets can be purchased here.
One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of series one, the map and soul of London has been redrawn. The surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot is now being forced to work for the investors. To restore order, the investors have aligned behind heroin baron Asif Afridi and together they have installed a new ruling force in London in the form of brutal gang leader – Koba. His vision for the criminal landscape is a dictatorship, a world in which old school gangster codes don’t exist and in which he holds a complete monopoly over London’s drug trade. But this monopoly can’t last forever. The gangs are fighting back – who will win the battle for London’s soul?
Series 2 of Gangs of London will see our old favourites and new players fight back against the new order, forcing sworn enemies to work together and family members to betray each other. Full of twists, turns and exhilarating, cinematic action sequences, the series will introduce us to new characters and unexpected leaders will emerge.
The critically acclaimed and BAFTA winning first series became the biggest Sky Original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years when it launched in April 2020
Series two will see the return of Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Paapa Essiedu, Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Orli Shuka, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Brian Vernel, Narges Rashidi, Asif Raza and Valene Kane reprising their roles.
Joining the ensemble cast include Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central, The Spy) as Koba, French rapper Jasmine Armando in her first TV role as Saba, Fady El-Sayed (Baghdad Central, A Private War) as Faz, Salem Kali (Un Prophete, Dealer) as Basem and Aymen Hamdouchi (SAS: Red Notice, Criminal: UK) as Hakim.
The award-winning series is created by Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery. Gangs of London is a Pulse Films production in association with SISTER for Sky Studios and AMC.
Executive Producers are Thomas Benski, Jane Featherstone, Tom Butterworth, Corin Hardy, Helen Gregory, Gareth Evans, and Matt Flannery. Series Executive Producer is Hugh Warren. Series 2 is directed by Corin Hardy, Marcela Said and Nima Nourizadeh. The series is written by Tom Butterworth, Lauren Sequeira, Danusia Samal, Rowan Athale, Meg Salter and co-written by Steve Searle.
Hardy will also be appearing at The London Action Festival’s panel event ‘Anatomy of a Set Piece’, alongside legendary director John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard) – part of the not to be missed ‘Friday Night Showdown’ on 29 July – a two-hour show featuring panels, the inaugural ‘Moving Target’ Awards, music and comedy. The segment invites top tier directors to choose their own favourite action set-piece of all time and deliver a live masterclass on what makes their selection so special and how it shaped their approach to filmmaking.
This event takes place at the Royal Geographical Society, located in the heart of South Kensington’s arts and science district.