Joburgers upset over Avenger's filming

By Drum Digital
20 February 2014

Tempers are flaring in Joburg CBD amongst business owners and motorists as scenes from blockbuster movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, are being shot on its streets.

Tempers are flaring in Joburg CBD amongst business owners and motorists as scenes from blockbuster movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, are being shot on its streets. Business owners feel they are being cheated by the City of Johannesburg, And motorists are complaining about the traffic. They say trips that usually take about 20 minutes through the city, are taking over an hour in congested traffic. The Gauteng Film Commission South Africa (GFCSA) which pitched the idea to film in the country to the movie’s creators Marvel, said in a statement; shooting started on February 13 and will continue until the 23rd.

Road closures will move further south into the CBD and affect von Brandis, Eloff, Comissioner and Market streets.

The film crew began filming on Monday. Commissioner, Pritchard, Albertina Sisulu and Joubert and Rissik Streets had limited pedestrian access, as the film crews have chosen to film parts of the movie in the city.

The traffic congestion was a small price to pay for the exposure the film will bring the city.

Gauteng Film Commission’s Desmond Mthembu confirmed that Johannesburg would star as itself in the film, scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

“Often you find filmmakers will shoot in Johannesburg and portray the location as Los Angeles. This time the first 10 minutes of the film will be of Johannesburg.”

The bulk of the filming takes place at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, which is choc-a-bloc with security personnel and traffic officers on high alert, barring members of the public from approaching the film set.

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