Films shot in South Africa hits at US box office


The past few weekends have seen the number one films at the US box office all being shot in South Africa.

Both Chronicle and Safe House have done extremely well in the US - number one in each of their weekends. Of the top 5 films at the South African box office this weekend 4 were South African productions - Material, Safe House, Chronicle, and Semi-Soet!

In Material, Riaad Moosa plays the lead character in the film, a young Muslim man who works in his father’s fabric shop in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. In the family tradition Riaad, as the only son, is expected to take over the family business from his father.

Riaad is a respectful son and has certainly not considered any alternatives; this is his life and his destiny. Until one night, through a series of coincidences, he lands up doing an open mike session at a local comedy club. He discovers a hidden talent for comedy; a passion is sparked within him like nothing previously in his life.

Safe House stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds.Washington plays ruthless fugitive Tobin Frost who's being held in a safe house by a young CIA agent played by Reynolds. The movie was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.

Chronicle is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis based on a story by both Trank and Landis. The film stars Dane De Haan, Michael B.Jordan, and Alex Russell. The plot follows Andrew (DeHaan), his cousin Matt (Russell) and their fellow high school student Steve (Jordan), as they form a close bond after receiving telekinetic abilities from an unknown object. The group use their abilities for mischief and personal gain until Andrew begins to use them for darker purposes. The film is visually presented from the perspective of various video recording devices, primarily from a hand-held camcorder used by Andrew to document the events in his life. Chronicle was shot in Cape Town with Film Afrika Worldwide, as well in Vancouver, Canada.

Semi-Soet! tells the story of workaholic Jaci van Jaarsveld, who will go to any lengths to protect the advertising agency for which she works from being bought and dismantled by a ruthless businessman known as "The Jackal". A huge contract to market a prestigious wine farm internationally will help save the agency, but winning this contract is no simple matter.

Jaci needs to convince the owner that she believes in family values and commitment. She persuades a drop-dead gorgeous man who she finds standing outside a modelling agency to be her fiancé for the day. But when the client insists that she and her bogus fiancé spend the weekend at the estate to better understand the business and his requirements, things get complicated and her plan starts to unravel with hilarious consequences.

Semi-Soet is directed by Joshua Rous (City Ses'la) and produced by James and Anel Alexander's Scramble Productions. The film stars Anel Alexander (Discreet, 7de Laan, Binnelanders), Nico Panagio (Die Storie van Susanna van Biljon, Survivor), Diaan Lawrenson (7de Laan, Stander), Paul du Toit (Liefling, Binnelanders), Louw Venter (The Most Amazing Show), and Sandra Vaughn (Getroud Met Rugby). Semi-Soet, has earned more than R1.3million at the box office on its opening weekend, 17 to 19 February.