4 November 2010 by Roy Barford

Visit Cape Town’s Famous Film Locations

Image courtesy Graham Churchard.

Cape Town continues to attract production crews for big-budget, international movies. Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez were recently in the area, shooting a thriller called Dark Tide, which is due for release next year.

In the movie, Berry plays a diving instructor who comes face-to-face with great white sharks in a series of underwater ordeals. Locations for the film include False Bay and Simon’s Town, both of which are close to Cape Town.

It was great to see that the stars take time to visit underprivileged areas and draw attention to some of the work that is being done. Berry and Martinez visited the Indlovu Project in Khayelitsha, which aims to convert a former squatter settlement into an eco-village featuring several travel attractions.

Back in 1987, the city played a Caribbean island in the laughable but very popular American Ninja 2: The Confrontation, in which ninja thugs somersaulted off the rocks of Clifton Beach while United States marines drove leisurely through Camps Bay.

The “Mother City” has been a popular film location for the past few decades. Back in 1987, the city played a Caribbean island in the laughable but very popular American Ninja 2: The Confrontation, in which ninja thugs somersaulted off the rocks of Clifton Beach while United States marines drove leisurely through Camps Bay.

More recently, Cape Town has served as a location for films such as Invictus, Blood Diamond, Lord of War and Disgrace, among hundreds of others. The respected online Internet Movie Database lists Cape Town as a location for more than 270 international films and television series.

The magnificent scenery of the Western Cape, the creative genius associated with Cape Town, not to mention the favourable South African exchange rate, are some of the factors that keep filmmakers coming back.

If you are a film fanatic, you could happily spend a few weeks in Cape Town visiting the locations of your favourite movies. The friendly locals will gladly point you in the direction of whichever landmark it is you are looking for.

Category: Attractions

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