9 423 jobs created this year
THE film industry’s thirst for Cape Town as a film location is on the uptick following concerns the drought sent international crews to greener pastures.
Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies visited the sets of three foreign films at the Cape Town Studios in Faure this week.
He said during 2016/2017, the film industry created 6029 full-time jobs, and 9423 jobs in 2017/2018.
Local films created the highest number of jobs at 6334 while foreign films had the highest multiplier of investment.
“During the past financial year, 99 film projects were approved, of which 22 were through the Foreign Film and Production and Post-Production Incentive, with projected investment of R2.2 billion and incentive of R468.5million,” said Davies.
The three productions Davies visited, Warrior Season 1, Warrior Season 2 and Raised by Wolves, attracted around R200 million in government incentives.
The director of Film Afrika Entertainment, Rudi van As, said the incentive was the life blood of the South African film industry – one of the fastest-growing economic sectors.
“We are delighted by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) acknowledgement of the huge contribution made by international TV series to sustainable job creation,” said Van As.
According to the DTI, the production of Warrior Season 1 will spend more than R342m for production and post-production over nine weeks while Warrior Season 2 will shoot more than 20 weeks with a spend of more than R329m, inclusive of production and post-production.
The qualifying local spend on the production of Raised by Wolves, directed by Sir Ridley Scott, will be about R593m, shooting over 22 weeks next year and beyond with the help of Film Afrika Entertainment.
Warrior Season 1 and 2 are produced by American cable and satellite TV network Home Box Office (HBO), which also produced Game of Thrones.
Monica Rorvik, the head of film and media promotion at the investment agency Wesgro, said while the drought impacted the film industry, there were advantages too as the city could be promoted as being water-resilient.
“Many companies want to make films with green practices,” said Rorvik, adding that there has been a “notable recovery” in the industry.
“With the dti stabilising their incentives as of September 1 for another three years, we hope to see a continued uptick,” she said.
City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said the drought was not the only factor affecting the industry as “the global film industry experienced a downturn”.
Smith said the industry initiated many water-saving measures itself, water needs of film companies were far less than required by events, and they had a water plan for each commercial or film they did. |
TOP UK model Cara Delevingne was spotted on set in Cape Town, being filmed for her latest commercial for VW’s new SUV T-Cross. |