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South Africa Filmmaking: A Diverse Country Finds its Own Voice

by George Szalai.

When Cannes closes its 2013 program with the French crime drama Zulu, starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, South Africa will add yet another title to a buzzy film résumé that includes the 2014 release Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2012 comic-book adaptation Dredd and Clint Eastwood’s 2009 drama Invictus.

The films represent an impressive spate of work spurred by generous production incentives; cutting-edge studio space; skilled, English-speaking crews; and versatile locations.

Now, it seems the foreign (that would be Hollywood) production boom that has fed the nation for a decade finally is having a ripple effect on domestic filmmaking. While Hollywood long has dominated South Africa’s theatrical market — local releases typically have accounted for less than 5 percent of the annual box-office revenue — the country’s homegrown theatrical market share hit 11 percent last year.

Read the rest of this article from Hollywood Reporter.

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