INVESTING IN FACILITIES
They are “It’s fine to fund films,” says the IDC’s William Smith. “But what about facilities? also part of the value chain.” on the top The IDC has invested in the soon to be opened SKY RING Studios, situated old ice skating rink. floor of the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, and which used to house the and used An earlier investment was the Cape Town Film Studios, launched in 2010,
Film Studios, to shoot Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. According to Smith, Cape Town film studio chaired by Videovision’s Anant Singh, is the first custom-built Hollywood-style also been used to complex of its kind in Africa, with state-of-the-art services. The studio had shoot international films like Safe House, Dredd and Mad Max: Fury Road.
“There are Dredd producer Andrew Macdonald raved about the studio in Time magazine, “Something that only a few places in the world that can handle this kind of movie,” he said. will look like a $100m for less than half that figure.” year. Smith says the studio is so popular it had to turn away 30 productions last
Cape Town Producer David Max Brown, whose film Noem My Skollie was shot at the local projects Film Studio, says the studio is so popular with international productions that to Max Brown, battle to get in. The day fee of R100 000 was also problematic, according who explained that the needs of international and local companies often clashed.
■ By Lloyd Gedye