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the filmmakers guide to south africa

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Panavision has travelled a long road with the South African film industry: over the years, our clients have shot enough miles of film to reach from Cape Town to Cairo (and indeed, anywhere in Europe). So wherever you come from and wherever you want to shoot, you can be sure Panavision South Africa knows the best possible way. And we always go the extra mile, no matter where it is.

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HE Filmmakers Guide to South Africa is a window to the world of support services, locations and filming in our country. As the National Film and Video Foundation, our mandate is to develop our country’s industry and to support products and programmes which contribute towards its growth. We invite you to page through this publication to explore how film-friendly our country is and how accessible and desirable our facilities have become. As a filmmaking destination, South Africa truly offers the world in one country. In a day, you can wake up to the lion’s roar in the most northern region (Limpopo/Mpumalanga); take a trip through a modern African City with first-world infrastructure (Johannesburg); have lunch on the tropical Valley of a Thousand Hills (Durban); visit the 1800s (Eastern Cape and Stellenbosch); go skiing in the Drakensburg (Ukhahlamba/Lesotho border Mountains); have sundowners and a glass

of wine in pristine winelands (the Western Cape); and fall asleep in the silence of the desert (Karoo and Kgalagadi Deserts). Along with glorious and ideal exteriors, South Africa offers common interiors, from 18th century detail to modernday offices. South Africa not only offers these well-managed locations, it is also a true partner in co-production, with easily accessible financial instruments that support film productions. The Filmmakers Guide to South Africa is a tool that will give you the low-down on what to expect from the South African film industry, neatly divided into three volumes: The Industry, Service & Co-Production, and Creative Showcase. Come work and play with us! Eddie Mbalo Chief executive officer National Film & Video Foundation

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Š ITV Jim Caviezel starred opposite Ian McKellen in The Prisoner, a reinterpretation of the cult British 1960s series

If Clint can shoot in South Africa... As I write this, Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood has just wrapped Invictus, starring Oscar winner Morgan Freeman as the iconic South African president, Nelson Mandela, and Oscar winner Matt Damon as the World Cup winning Springbok rugby captain, Francois Pienaar. Written by South African Anthony Peckham and executive produced by South African Gary Barber, Invictus is the ultimate underdog true story of how our newly elected president joined forces with the captain of our rugby team to help unite the country. The shoot came in a week ahead of schedule. Clint must have felt safe bringing his latest attempt at Oscar glory to Southern Africa, as he follows a well-trod path

behind directors Mira Nair (Amelia), Ed Zwick (Blood Diamond), Tarsem (The Fall), Roland Emmerich (10 000 BC), Neil Marshall (Doomsday), Peter Travers (Endgame), Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), Philip Noyce (Catch a Fire), Andrew Niccol (Lord of War), Billie August (Goodbye Bafana), John Boornman (In My Country), Robert Towne (Ask the Dust) and the dearly missed Anthony Minghella (Number One Ladies Detective Agency). The list of international talent who have worked here could continue ad nauseam. With Cape Town Film Studios scheduled to open a Hollywood-style studio on the tip of Africa in the first quarter of 2010, the size of the projects coming to South Africa is only going to increase.

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“Shooting 24: Redemption in South Africa was the highlight of my six years on the show. It was nothing short of exhilarating.” Jon Cassar, 24’s executive producer and Emmy Awardwinning director.

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local content is flourishing

South Africa’s own film industry is also flourishing. Helen Kuun of local distributor Ster-Kinekor called 2008 “the best year we have had since Tsotsi won an Oscar.” Mr. Bones 2 broke the South African box office record, raking in over R33 million in less than two months, while Jerusalema, Hansie and Vaatjie Sien Sy Gat all earned around R4 million at the box office, proving that South African films made for under R5 million can be sustained by local audiences. At the other end of the market, South Africa is rapidly creating its own version of Nollywood, nicknamed Twalawood, after Chicco Twala, the producer who has been pioneering this straight-to-DVD, no budget, township distribution model. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has now paid out R209 million on 44 projects in the last financial year as a sign of the local government’s continued support for the growing film sector.

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The commercials sector has always been South Africa’s strongest. Ridley Scott & Associates, Smuggler, MJZ, Anonymous Content, Rattling Stick and Academy are just some of the major production companies who have worked here recently, following brands like BMW, Maserati, Peugeot, Nivea, Oreo, Coke and Hansa, not to mention directors like Danny Kleinman and Dante Ariola. Moonlighting just serviced their 1 000th commercial, so South Africa is as experienced as it is exotic these days. South Africa is no longer just a service destination for commercials though: Keith Rose and Michael Middleton both collected Silvers at Cannes Lions in 2008, while recent months have seen commercials from Adrian de sa Garces, Erik van Wyk, Greg Gray, Shy the Sun, Slim, and Sunu all featured in leading international trade Shots.

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The South African product offering is constantly diversifying. For example, the country now has a booming animation, post-production and visual effects industry. The Lion of Judah, South Africa’s first CGI-animated feature film, is set for an American big screen released; Shy the Sun created Sea Orchestra, which won a a Silver Clio for animation for United Airlines; and Clockwork Zoo have been servicing 2D television series from France, Canada and the UK. South Africa has also supplied the visual effects on a number of international features, including Free Willy: South Africa, Scorpion King 2, Lost City Raiders, Starship Troopers 3, and Bitch Slap.

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In another breakthrough, South Africa is steadily cornering the market on international television series, having serviced increasingly high-profile shoots like The Prisoner, ER, The Philanthropist, Silent Witness, Crusoe, Top Gear, Fear Factor: India and The Devil’s Whore, among others. At The Television Critics Association Awards taking place on 1 August 2009, three of the nominees were shot in Southern Africa. 24: Redemption (Fox) and Generation Kill (HBO)

are both up for Outstanding Achievement: Movies, Miniseries and Specials, while No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (HBO) is competing in the Outstanding New Program category. Our documentary sector is also thriving. The Oscar-winning Why Democracy?, the world’s largest ever factual media event, was conceptualised and produced from Cape Town, while Rough Aunties, which won the World Cinema Grand Jury prize at Sundance,

“Shooting Doomsday in Cape Town was an adventure in an amazing landscape. The crew was awesome. The locations were spectacular. The weather was incredible.” Cult director Neil Marshall (The Descent)

was shot in Kwa-Zulu Natal, where it told the story of Bobby Bear, an organisation fighting to bring child rapists to justice. Francois Verster, who won the Emmy for the Most Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming for A Lion’s Trail, is already picking up more awards on his latest project, Sea Point Days. Of course, our film industry isn’t limited to South Africa anymore. Gavin Hood directed the box office smash hit Wolverine;

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Rampai Mohadi acted opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Simon Hansen helped develop Silicon Imaging’s SI2K, which Telfer Barnes pulled focus on to help Anthony Dod Mantle win an Oscar for Best Cinematography on Slumdog Millionaire; and The Soweto Gospel Choir won a Grammy for Best Motion Picture Song for Down to Earth, their Wall-E duet with Peter Gabriel.



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Most promisingly, the international success stories are starting to return to their roots: visual effects prodigy Neill Blomkamp shot District 9 in Johannesburg, with some help from Peter Jackson; Steven Silver came back to film The Bang Bang Club, with Ryan Phillipe and Malin Akerman; and Stefanie Sycholt returned from Germany to direct Themba, one of many local soccer stories to emerge ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. There’s no longer any need for young South Africans to leave their country to fulfill their dreams. After all, if Clint can trust South Africa and South African cast and crew, so can anyone.

Courtesy of DO Productions John Malkovich stars in Disgrace, which won the FIPRESCI international critics prize at The Toronto International Film Festival

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“It’s hands down the most beautiful place I have ever seen.” Dennis Iliadis, director of Last House on the Left

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THE SILVER FEZ Documentary Status: Completed Logline: Boeta Kaatji and Boeta Waani were blood brothers until the richest man in the game bought Waani’s loyalty. After that, it wasn’t about the music anymore, even though the battle would be done through song. Synopsis: Once upon a time in a city at the end of Africa, two men were possessed by a dream that could come true for only one of them. Kaatji Davids was a house painter with barely two cents to rub together. But he did have an old banjo, some loyal friends and the audacity to imagine he might be the one to topple Hadji Bucks, undisputed champion of Cape Malay music. The prize was the Silver Fez, Holy Grail of Cape Town’s Islamic subculture.

SHIRLEY ADAMS Drama Status: Completed Cast: Keenan Arrison, Denise Newman

Logline: The story of a woman who loses her family to violence and poverty, but gains her own sense of self worth. Synopsis: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan. He was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago, and since then, the Adams



The campaign involved a cast of thousands and a staggering array of skills, the most sacred of which was the singing of an ancient music that arrived in the Cape on slave ships. Kaatji laboured day and night, driven by dreams of glory and, in the end, by pain. You see Hadji Bucks had limitless resources and he used them to lure Kaatji’s best friend into changing sides. After that it wasn’t just about music, it was about revenge. Key creative team Director: Lloyd Ross Screenwriter: Rian Malan Producer: Lloyd Ross Co-producer: Robbie Thorpe Sales information Robbie Thorpe, TOM pictures mobile: +27 082 450 6180 email:

family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. She has no source of income: no job and no husband - he left without a word. Shirley’s life now consists of trying to make ends meet by shoplifting and relying on the charity of others. When a young eager occupational therapist, Tamsin Ranger, comes into their lives, Shirley hopes that it might lift her son’s spirits and finally put them on a path to some form of stability. But when Donovan’s emotions get the best of him, Shirley is left to comfort her son once more, struggling to find reasons for him to keep on fighting. Shirley receives a phone call one afternoon informing her that her son’s case is finally going to trial, but the glory is short-lived when Shirley discovers that the shooter is one of Donovan’s childhood friends. The pain of this betrayal is more than she can bear. With the repossession of her home seeming inevitable, and Donovan becoming increasingly suicidal, Shirley realises that the “justice” of the court will not restore what has already been lost. When Donovan drowns himself in the bath one morning, Shirley finds her

life completely unrecognisable - devoid of family, religion, possessions and the one thing she thought she had left: being a mother. She now has the freedom of complete isolation and she methodically goes about healing all of the wounds that have burdened her for so long. Set in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town, Shirley’s story explores the ironic state of poverty, where people kill each other yet help each other survive. Riddled with the socio-political and racial tensions that plague these Cape Flats slums, Shirley Adams is the story of one woman’s amazing strength and self sacrifice. Key creative team Director: Oliver Hermanus Screenwriters: Stavros Pamballis & Oliver Hermanus Producers: Jeremy Nathan & Michelle Wheatley Executive producer: Roland Emmerich Co-producer: Kirstin Winkler Sales information Dv8 Films Jeremy Nathan mobile: +27 83 454 8997 Michelle Wheatley mobile: +27 82 336 6897



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MY SECRET SKY (IZULU LAMI) Drama Status: Completed Cast: Sobahle Mkhabase, Sibonelo Malinga, Tshepang Mohlomi Logline: When they are orphaned, a young girl and her little brother leave their rural homestead for the city and meet up with a gang of street kids. Hoping to fulfill their mother’s dream, in the end they find their own. Festivals Dubai, 2008 Pan African Film Festival, Cannes, 2009 Tarifa Film Festival, Spain, 2009 Awards DIKALO Best Feature Film prize Pan African Film Festival, Cannes, 2009 Audience Award & Best Actress Tarifa Film Festival, Spain Key creative team Director: Madoda Ncayiyana Screenwriters: Madoda Ncayiyana & Julie Frederikse Producer: Jeremy Nathan Executive producers: Michelle Wheatley & Moroba Nkawe Sales information Dv8 Films Jeremy Nathan mobile: +27 83 454 8997 Michelle Wheatley mobile: +27 82 336 6897


Drama Status: Completed Logline: The film examines what “truth” and “reconciliation” mean for one ordinary man: Sipho, an ageing black librarian in the township of New Brighton. It shows his painful journey towards confronting his own experiences under apartheid: the killing of his son, shot dead by police, and the rift with his brother, an activist who went into exile.

Key creative team Director & screenwriter: John Kani Producers: Richard Green & Olivier Delahaye Festivals FESPACO, 2009 Durban, 2008 Awards Silver Stallion - FESPACO 2009 Sales information Matteo Lovadina Wide Management Enterprise S.A.R.L. mobile: + 33 6 14 45 62 78 email:

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SUPERHERO Short Status: Completed Tagline You don’t need superpowers to be a hero. Logline A white amnesiac finds himself stranded in the middle of an arid landscape dressed as a superhero. He’s assisted and spurred on by a young black boy who wholeheartedly believes that he is a superhero. But as the man’s memory returns, he discovers that he’s been anything but a hero. Key creative team Director: Hanneke Schutte Screenwriter: Hanneke Schutte DOP: Willie Nel

Drama Status: Completed Cast: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill & Alice Krige Logline: Skin is a story of family, forgiveness and the triumph of the human spirit. Synopsis: Sandra is sent to a boarding school in the neighbouring town of Piet Retief, where her (white) brother Leon is also studying, but parents and teachers complain that she doesn’t belong. She is examined by state officials, reclassified as ‘coloured’ and expelled from the school. Sandra’s parents are shocked, but Abraham fights through the courts to have the classification reversed. The story becomes an international scandal and media pressure forces the law to change, so that Sandra becomes officially ‘white’ again. By the time she is 17, Sandra realises she is never going to be accepted by the white community. She falls in love with Petrus - a black man, the local vegetable seller - and begins an illicit love affair. Abraham threatens to shoot Petrus and disown Sandra. Sannie is torn between her husband’s rage and her daughter’s predicament. Sandra elopes with Petrus to Swaziland. Abraham alerts the police, has them arrested and put in prison. Sandra is told by the local magistrate to go home, but she refuses. She is pregnant and has made up her mind that her life is with Petrus now. Her father and brothers sever all ties with her, but her mother holds out hope for reconciliation. Now Sandra must live her life, for the first time, as a black woman in South Africa - with no running water, no sanitation, and little income. She and Petrus have two children, and although she


feels more at home in this community, she desperately misses her parents and yearns for a reunion. Sandra eventually hears of her father’s death and becomes obsessed with the idea of finding her mother. Going back to the bureaucratic institutions that determined her fate, Sandra eventually tracks her mother down in a nursing home outside Pretoria. Sannie has had three strokes and is very frail but the need for mutual forgiveness is very strong. Sandra and her mother have a moving reunion, affirming that the bonds of family are stronger than any racial division. Awards Winner - Audience Award AFI, Dallas Winner - Audience & Jury Favorite Awards Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles Winner - Audience Award Santa Barbara Winner - First Film Award Time for Peace Best Feature Film Palm Beach International Film Festival Circle Audience Award Film Fest DC - Washington DC 2009 Key creative team Director: Anthony Fabian Producers: Jessie Keyt, Helena Kriel, Anthony Fabian, Genevieve Hofmeyr, & Margaret Matheson Executive producers: Simon Fawce, Robbie Little, Laurence Paltiel, Alasdair MacCuish, Moses Silinda & Hellen Kalenga Sales information The Little Film Company

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ON Wednesday 10 June 2008, members from the Services Seta met with the Cape Film Commission to commemorate an important initiative driven by the two industry powerhouses, together with Animation SA. Described as one of the Western Cape film industry’s most ambitious projects to date, the first phase of what has become known as the Animation Industry Development Initiative (AIDI) kicked off at the False Bay College in Khayelitsha on 26 June 2009. This marked the beginning of the animation training for at least 50 students, who were identified during the recruitment drive which the Cape Film Commission undertook during April and May 2009. In April, The Cape Film Commission (CFC), the film industry in the Western Cape and the Services Seta launched AIDI within the Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha communities, where the first phase of recruitment for animation-related training took place. More than 1 000 prospective animators were reached through these workshops, as well as through presentations at schools and libraries.

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The CFC and Animation SA, with the support of the Services Seta, have committed themselves to create a strong animation and new media industry. To this end they have pledged their support to help facilitate the creation of 10 000 jobs within the animation industry by 2020. According to the CFC’s Commissioner, Laurence Mitchell, “These workshops were aimed at giving potential candidates an introduction to the world of animation, career paths in animation, viewing of showreels and providing students with an opportunity to submit drawings for assessment.” Laurence added that these workshops specifically targeted candidates from previously disadvantaged communities, who were able to demonstrate a command of the English language, were computer literate, had some form of art, drawing and design (visual literacy) skills, and had mathematical literacy and creative and storytelling abilities. “I am delighted at the abundance of talent that is available on especially the Cape Flats, and I remain confident that even though this is an ambitious project, we will reach our intended targets,” Laurence said. “AIDI will not be an outreach programme but we will establish it on the Cape Flats, where we want to contribute to alleviating poverty and creating jobs,” he said. The film commissioner added that the training will focus on drawing for animation, digital design and several soft courses aimed at both entrepreneurial and personal development.

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People have emotional reactions to South Africa. Anita Roddick, the dearly missed founder of The Body Shop, was typical. She wrote, “If I were 29 or 39 ... or even 49, I would pack up everything and move here… The country is exquisite. I lost my voice in Cape Town, which I think was because I was in a permanent state of gasping with wonderment.” More recently, Emmy-winner Loni Price, who was here to direct Master Harold… and the Boys, starring Freddie Highmore and Ving Rhames, gushed, “I find myself being incred-

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ibly moved being here in this most beautiful country that I’ve ever been in.” Jesse L. Martin, an actor in The Philanthropist and Law & Order, explains, “Culturally and socially it’s a phenomenal place. It’s incredible to be in a country where things have changed so quickly over the last 15 to 20 years that you can actually feel it on the street. For me, being a black person, to be able to spend a major amount of time in Africa is a really big deal.”

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Even the most jaded travel journalists have been known to slip into mistyeyed poetry when trying to find the words to describe the country at the tip of Africa. When Frommers listed Cape Town as one of the twelve top destinations in the world, they called it one of the most beautiful cities on earth, adding, “The massive sandstone bulk of Table

Mountain, often draped in a flowing tablecloth of clouds, forms an imposing backdrop, while minutes away, pristine sandy beaches line the cliff-hugging coast where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.” It sometimes feels like there aren’t enough adjectives to exaggerate the beauty or the diversity of South Africa. Readers of the UK’s Daily and Sun

Telegraph voted Cape Town as their Favourite World City, with South Africa cracking the top four in the list of the Best Destinations on Earth. Readers of Travel & Leisure voted Cape Town the second best city in the world in 2009, with an average rating of 87.69%. National Geographic Traveler named Cape Town one of 50 Places of a Lifetime.




“The African location heightens things. The perfect, sparkly sand dunes and big skies add an epic quality.” Flashbacks of a Fool actor Daniel Craig, better known as Bond, James Bond, one of America’s most popular online travel guides, ranked South Africa second in its list of the Top Ten World Travel Destinations. Readers of The New York Times named South Africa one of the Top Twenty Places to Go in 2009. The UK’s Times newspaper, in collaboration with bestselling guidebook publisher DK Eyewitness Travel, includ-

ed Cape Town in their top ten cities to visit in 2009. At the 2008 World Luxury Hotel Awards, South Africa won six categories and had 21 finalists. The Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa was named Best Luxury Coastal Hotel in the World; The Palazzo Monetcasino was named Best Luxury Casino Resort; Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa was named

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel; Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge was named Best Luxury Lodge; Sabi Sabi Private Game Lodge was named Best Luxury Game Lodge; and De Hoek Country House was named Best Luxury Country House in the World. South Africa was home to the winner and all the finalists in both the Luxury Game Lodge and Luxury Country House categories.





“Cape Town is amazing. I could live there. In fact, I plan to move there one day.” Michael Kenneth Williams, star of The Philanthropist and The Wire At the International Luxury Awards held in Lugano, Switzerland, Cape Town was awarded top honours in the Best Entertainment Category, just after the launch of Sol Kerzner’s six-star One & Only Hotel at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town in April 2009. On receiving the award, Mariette du Toit of Cape Town Tourism marvelled, “It seems as if the world is having a love-affair with Cape Town.” At the 2008 World Travel Awards, Pride of Africa: Rovos Rail was voted the World’s Leading Luxury Train; Shamwari Game Reserve was voted the World’s Leading Conservation Company and the World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve; and The Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa was voted the World’s Leading Boutique Hotel. In the Africa category of the 2009 awards, South Africa took home 34 of the 40 awards. Readers of Travel and Leisure voted Singita Sabi Sands and Singita Kruger National Park the Best Hotel in the World for the third time in 2008, a new record. Readers of Conde Naste Traveller agreed. In 2009, Bushmans Kloof in the Cedarberg Mountains in the Western Cape topped the rankings, with a 98.67% score. South Africa’s not just for royal families though; it’s value for money too. In fact, in the UK our country featured in The Herald’s list of the Top 10 Value-for-Money Holiday Destinations. The Country Brand Index Report also named South Africa ninth in its Value-for-Money brand category, not to mention sixth in its Authenticity category. The readers and editors of The New York Times even agreed that South Africa is the definitive destination for “affordable luxury,” saying our country is fast “becoming one of the best bets for American travellers looking for high-end experiences at relatively low-end prices.” Winchester Mansions, a beachfront boutique hotel in Cape Town, came 26th in the Top 100 Best Value listing of Budget Travel Magazine and TripAdvisor.

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Coming to South Africa is possibly even the ethical choice. The 2008 Ethical Traveller Report named South Africa as one of the developing world’s Ten Best Ethical Travel Destinations, based on our commitment to environmental protection, social welfare and human rights. Phinda Private Game Reserve, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve were all included on the latest National Geographic Adventure list of the 50 top eco-lodges. Tswalu, the largest private reserve in South Africa, won the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award in 2007.The Ethisphere Institute even voted Cape Town one of the ten cities in the world most likely to become global sustainability centres. Certainly, coming to South Africa helps create jobs and uplift a country still grappling with mass unemployment and widespread poverty. Government has targeted tourism as a key part of its economic growth plan, with 10 million visitors expected in 2010. As Richard Branson attests, South Africa is the ideal place to mix business and pleasure. Doing Business 2008, a joint publication of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, ranked South Africa 35th out of 178 countries for ease of doing business – ahead of Spain, Brazil and India. South Africa is also the 35th best place in the world to do e-business, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2007 E-Readiness Report. South Africa ranks fourth in the world for auditing and reporting standards, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009.

Dutch director Jean van der Velde filmed The Silent Army in South Africa. Co-produced by One Step Beyond, the story of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo sold 350 000 tickets in the Benelux and screened in competition at Cannes this year.

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“Johannesburg is Milton Keynes with thunderstorms. You go out. You have a lovely ostrich. You drink some delicious wine and you walk back to your hotel, all warm and comfy. It’s the least frightening place on earth.” Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

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10 things to do in 2010 1. Watch the final of the FIFA Soccer World Cup, which will be played at the calabash-shaped Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 July 2010. When it’s lit up at night, the stadium will resemble a traditional African cooking pot.

2. Look down on the entire KwaZuluNatal coastline from the 100m arch above the pitch of Durban Stadium, which was custom-built for the 2010 World Cup.

3. Wine and dine at Le Quartier Francais in Franschoek, voted the best restaurant in the Middle East and Africa in the annual S. Pellegrino list of the World’s 100 Best Restaurants. La Colombe in Constantia, Jardine’s and Aubergine in Cape Town, and Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch all cracked a nod in the listing.

4. Take a ferry from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront out to Robben Island, where Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in jail. Originally connected to the Cape mainland, this World Heritage Site’s chequered history includes spells as a leper colony, a mental hospital, and a training and defence base in World War 2.

5. Bungee 216 metres off the world’s highest commercial jump at Bloukrans Bridge on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape.

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6. Follow in Matt Damon’s bike marks by taking part in the world’s largest individually-timed cycle race, The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. The first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycle Union’s Golden Bike Series, the Cycle Tour’s gruelling but gorgeous 109km route attracts around 35 000 cyclists in March every year.

7. Walk down Vilakazi Street in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, the only street in the world that has been home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Archbishop Desmond Tutu still lives on the street, while Nelson Mandela’s former home is now the Mandela Family Museum.

8. Sort for the treasures hidden in endless amounts of junk at Milnerton Market, an art directors’ dream with a panoramic view of Table Mountain and the highest characters-per-centimetre anywhere in Cape Town.

9. Visit Graham Beck Wines’ Franschoek Cellar Door facility to discover why Michelle Obama chose Graham Beck Brut NV to toast Barack Obama’s inauguration speech.

10. Take the rotating cable car up Table Mountain, which is one of the finalists to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature. If you’re fit, you can take one of the hundreds of walks to the top.

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Darfur © ZenHQ Films / Graham Abbott

Maserati © Moonlighting


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Durban Int. Film Fest, 22 July-1 August

KKNK, 1-8 April, Oudtshoorn, W. Cape

Durban Film Mart, TBC

Good Friday, 2 April


Two Oceans Marathon, 3 April, CPT

Women's Day, 9 August

CPT Int. Jazz Festival, 3-4 April, CPT

Oppikoppi Music Festival, TBC, Limpopo


Easter Monday/Family Day, 5 April


New Year's Day, 1 Jan

Freedom Day, 27 April

Heritage Day, 24 September

J&B Met Horse Race, 30 Jan, CPT


The Loerie Awards, TBC, Cape Town

Workers Day, 1 May

Tri Continental Film Festival, TBC

South African Film and TV Awards, 6 Feb, TBC

Comrades Marathon, 30 May, KZN

Out in Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, TBC

Midmar Mile, TBC, KZN



Design Indaba Expo, 26-28 Feb, CPT

FIFA Soccer World Cup, 11 June-11 July

Rocking the Daisies, TBC, Darling, W.Cape

Design Indaba Conference, CPT

Youth Day, 16 June




National Arts Fest, 20 June-5 July, E.Cape

Horrorfest, TBC, W. Cape

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, 14 March, CPT



Human Rights Day, 21 March

Durban July Horserace, 3 July, KZN

Nedbank Golf Challenge, TBC, Sun City

Public holiday, 22 March

The Photo and Film Expo, TBC

Day of Reconciliation, 16 December

Cape Winelands Film Festival, TBC

Encounters Documentary Festival, TBC

Christmas Day, 25 December

Chicken Licken © Egg

Axa © Egg

Besa © Egg

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Crusoe © Moonlighting





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Roodebloem Studios, one of Cape Town’s most diverse rental studios, has just grown bigger and now offers over 700 square meters of shooting space, four main studios and four smaller studios, three cycloramas, two daylight studios, blackout facilities, drive in access, three phase power, a gantry, two fully equipped kitchens for food shoots, beautiful wooden floors and lots more. Jan Verboom has added a unique touch: a rooftop deck with a pool which boasts 360° views. The studios are supported with an array of Profoto flash equipment and digital gear, ranging from Phase One, Hasselblad and Canon to Apple Mac laptops and computers. Their friendly service guarantees that all your shooting needs will be met with a breeze.

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Bickers Action, the international specialist in vehicle stunt engineering and camera vehicle tracking, now has an office in Cape Town. Bickers Action is proud to offer one of the largest ranges of camera tracking vehicles and equipment in the world. Additionally Bickers Action has a wide variety of tried and tested mechanical effects equipment, such as pipe ramps, jerk rams, nitrogen cannons and many more for creating realistic and impressive action shots.

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A one-stop shop for technical co-ordination services and reliable equipment. A hiring company that specialises in supplying professional broadcast equipment to the broadcast and entertainment industries, anywhere in South Africa and overseas. We pride ourselves on being able to supply camera, lighting, audio and accessories to facilitate just about any type of production.

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Casting Cape Town At our spacious, air-conditioned studios in the heart of Cape Town we do everything in-house, giving you a casting experience that’s cost effective and efficient.

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South Africa’s first and only One Stop Shop supplying consumables to the film and entertainment industry. Personalised and friendly service with 2500 specialist products in store. Extended shopping hours and anytime availability: you phone - we open! Make use of our extensive database of manufacturers and suppliers. Appointed agency for Rosco products.

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Cam-A-Lot offers a great value for money service catering for the newcomer as well as the established professional. Suppliers of broadcast cameras, sound and lighting equipment.

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When processing film you want to be assured that your laboratory is taking the utmost care of your invested time and money. If a Kodak Imagecare Program logo is displayed, customers can be confident that the procedures and processes are in place for reliable and consistent processing.

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musicians media Professional and technical services for the music industry supply of all music instruments The Coca-Cola dome is the premier multipurpose indoor entertainment venue, with more than 11 000 square meters of uninterrupted space and a variety of features and structures. An ideal location for your next film or photo shoot.

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remote camera support equipment

Our company, established in 2002, offers a variety of wireless and remote camera-support equipment to the film and television Industry. Our equipment, operated by experienced in-house technicians, is used to support many aspects of dynamic cinematography, including: crane shots, cable rigs, tracking shots, marine work, motion capture and aerials. contact: Antoinette de Lisle telephone: +27 21 785 2786 fax: +27 21 785 2451 email: web:

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Runway Film Resource Centre is the skills and enterprise development arm of the Cape Film Commission, set up to provide a range of resources for young filmmakers. These include industry meetings, training courses, workshops, online resources and the necessary links into the industry.

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At Vertex Scaffolding we are proud of the high standards we set ourselves. This is evident in our no nonsense approach to working safely and efficiently, using only the best products. Our qualified and experienced riggers are equipped to build our aluminium scaffolding in almost any place that it is required. If you need to get up there, let us provide a safe and easy access and work platform for your staff to work from.

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Continental cuisine with Asian influences, based on only the freshest South African produce. Specialities such as game, seafood and vegetarian dishes are highlights of textures and flavours to excite and surprise even the most jaded palate. The team of Sommeliers will match our cuisine with wine from our cellar, which is both broad in variety and deep in vintage to complete a sophisticated dining experience.

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Red Light Studios offers a Red One camera package and two shooting studios. Our Red package comes fully supported to ensure smooth workflow through the production and post-production processes. Studio A offers a three-wall infinity cycle, lighting gantry and comfortable mezzanine viewing area. Studio B is a clean blackout space. contact: Craig Ferguson or Jesse Leigh Elford telephone: +27 21 593 8625 mobile: (Craig): +27 83 415 3891 (Jesse): +27 82 225 3662 email: web:

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The Runway is a venue and creative space. 635 square meters have been set up for designers, artists, film producers, corporates and event companies to become creative in. This includes a large backstage area for make-up preparation, wardrobe styling, installed sound, lighting and 20 meters of removable staging / runway.

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Award-winning annual marketing the South African film industry locally and internationally.