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Location Location Location

Location Location Location

When planning a production, the most important factor to keep in mind is probably LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. This will not only determine the look and feel of your production but also determine many importing contributing factors such as costs and crew. During the last decade there has been an incredible influx of international film crews coming to shoot in South Africa. This does not come as a big surprise seeing that South Africa holds great benefits when it comes to international filming.  Over the course of the next few weeks we will have a brief look at some of these factors which helps contribute to the South African film industry… This week we will look at the South African climate. Climate: One of the most appealing qualities of shooting in South Africa must be it’s climate.  When most of the Northern Hemisphere has Winter the Southern Hemisphere has Summer.  South Africa’s climate varies greatly in all nine provinces. The East coast of South Africa receives extremely high rainfall throughout the year making it a tropical have, while the interior is moderate in some places and the West coast extremely dry with desert conditions prevailing for the North-West along the Namibian border. So weather it’s rain, snow or sun you are looking for, SA has it all....
Cannes 2015

Cannes 2015

Tis the season once more, and filmmakers flocked from far and wide to attend this years prestigious Cannes Film Festival.  As always Mannequin Films made sure to represent and went to promote South Africa as well as some great new projects which have recently been added to our slate. 2015 brings with it the 68th annual Festival de Cannes and one can not help but to get caught up in all the glitz and glam of it all.  So we thought we’d indulge in some of the most talked about films from this years’ festival with Amy definitely being one of them.   It comes as no surprise that this film caught the attention of worthy critics, as we are constantly looking for people to shine new light on the so called 27’s club, of which Amy Winehouse sadly now forms part off.  Apart from showing the dire effect of drugs, which we got a very real glimpse of from its predecessor recently released Cobain Montage of Heck, the film also comments on the huge impact social media has had on artists in this day and age.  Although at first glance it might come off as just another superficial biography trying to ride the last wave of Amy Winehouse’s fame and fortune, this film has actually proved to be quite noteworthy. Of course for those who prefer their films to be fictional rather than factual, Cannes was dripping with gems such as Mad Max:  Fury Road, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth as well as the sensuous Carol which has Oscars written all over it! Needless to say, Cinema’s are going to be overflowing with great films in the weeks to come, so if you missed out on...
Hollywood – same old, same old…

Hollywood – same old, same old…

Is Hollywood running out of original ideas?  This is the question that comes up in too many conversations these days when referring to the current cinema circuit. Of course, one can’t help but  wonder if Hollywood has turned into a big bad sequel and remake machine, and whether they are slowly but surely starting to run out of original ideas. When looking at recent releases I do find myself letting out the unintentional yawn…  With films such as Resident Evil 6, Transformers 4 and Dolphin Tale 2, it does seem to be a battle of the sequels, with the one being as watered down as the next.   How many times does a dolphin need to lose its tail before Hollywood draws the line and decides enough is enough. Apart from these, we can also look forward to films such as Tetris and Peeps.  Yes, that’s right the 80’s classic, building blocks video game will soon be coming to big screens near you.  How or why, I am not sure and what would the story be, well even the trailer(please see below) couldn’t quite clear things up for me.  And well don’t get me started on Peeps.  Yes, that’s right, Peeps, you know, those little gooey Easter treats.  Apparently Adam Rifkin bought the rights to these delicious little chics and will soon be turning them into the next big holiday blockbuster. Has Hollywood now finally become the big, green, money hungry, movie making empire we have always feared them to be?  Have they finally stopped caring about us, the loyal movie goers.  Or on the other hand, are they just giving us...
Security reigns at the Mzansi Film Festival

Security reigns at the Mzansi Film Festival

Security, the Indie short, which was shot in association with Focus Features as part of their African First project, is having a fantastic first few weeks as festival season is on its way.  It is now only at the start of its festival run and is already proving to be very successful.  Apart from knocking the rest out of the park at the Jozi short film festival, it is also one of the chosen shorts for this year’s International Durban Film Festival.  Not to mention, its success at the Mzanzi film festival.  We are proud to announce that Security shone at this years Mzansi Film Festival by taking an overwhelming 4 awards: 1.  Best Cinematography 2.  Best Original Screenplay 3.  Best Actor in a Short Film 4.  The People’s Choice Award    ...
Film brings spike in South African tourism

Film brings spike in South African tourism

Herewith a recent article written on IBN LIVE about how the film Mountain of the Moon has increased tourism interest in South Africa: Kolkata: Shot extensively in South Africa, Bengali blockbuster film ‘Chander Pahar (Mountain of the Moon)’ has generated huge interest among travellers from West Bengal, said a South African tourism official. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s film, the most expensive Bengali celluloid outing till date, was filmed for 45 days in the ‘Rainbow Nation’. Based on author Bibhutibhushan Banerjee’s novel, the movie was shot in locales like the Kruger National Park, Kalahari Desert, jungles of Mpumalanga, Elands River valley, Blyde River Canyon and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s film is the most expensive Bengali celluloid outing till date. Hanneli Slabber, country manager of South Africa Tourism told IANS: “We have received a lot of queries and there is a huge interest because of the movie.” The movie, which released December last year, has created a ‘tremendous’ awareness about the variety the African country has to offer. “We are working with Bengal tourism officials to help them put together various packages and options,” Slabber said. Among the four metropolitan cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore, the eastern metropolis ranks fourth in terms of number of tourists visiting South Africa. – Source...