Hollywood stars heading to Cape Town this year

2009-03-01 00:00

WHAT do Hollywood stars Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and Pierce Brosnan have in common? They’re all heading to South Africa to film new movies this year.

According to the Cape Film Commission (CFC), 2009 promises to be a watershed year for the industry in Cape Town as it pushes ahead to turn the city and province into a globally competitive movie destination.

The commission also says deals are being put together to bring seven major film productions that include Bollywood productions, to Cape Town, while an animated feature film is scheduled for production soon.

Commissioner of the CFC, Laurence Mitchell, said the city’s film industry had to up its game to remain competitive, adding: “We have slowly and often out of the public eye, engaged with various stakeholders, locally, nationally and across the globe, as well as within our own film industry, to tell them about our vision of being able to provide a service offering and locations management systems unsurpassed anywhere in the world.”

Former Bond star, Brosnan, will shortly begin filming Heaven and Earth, a romantic drama set in the Cape Colony in the 1800s. He will play Lord Charles Somerset, the Cape’s first governor, and the Castle will be used as one of the locations .

Oscar winning director, Clint Eastwood, meanwhile is preparing to direct Damon and Freeman (spotted watching a Super 14 rugby match at Newlands a few weeks ago) in The Human Factor, a movie about South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup in 1995. Another project which will showcase the industry is South Africa’s first full length CGI film, Lion of Judah. Produced in Cape Town and set for international release, it was one of 22 features filmed in Cape Town last year.

Also made in the Cape were Bollywood films Seasons Greeting, Life Partner and 8 by 10.

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