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.
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