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Cape Town’s film tourism sector sees impressive growth

Cape Town’s film tourism sector sees impressive growth Film set for Outlander and Black Sails. Cape Town’s Film Permit Office has received 11 726 film bookings in the first nine months of the current financial year (July 2018 to March 2019), compared with 11 350 in the previous financial year. Of the 11 726 bookings made on the online Film Permit System, the office issued 6 906 permits for a variety of locations across the city, preferred by local and international producers. Between January and March this year alone, the office issued 3 059 permits – a significant...

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Africa Poised to Break Out as Distributors Mine Prestige TV Projects for Global Markets

Africa Poised to Break Out as Distributors Mine Prestige TV Projects for Global Markets By CHRISTOPHER VOURLIAS CREDIT: NETFLIX When South African writer-director Gareth Crocker was developing “Shadow,” a series about an ex-cop with superpowers who fights crime in Johannesburg’s underworld, he took the unusual and risky approach of bypassing local broadcasters to get the project made.  The gamble paid off when Netflix swooped in to acquire the program, which rolled out in 190 countries on March 8 — the widest release of an African dramatic...

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Veteran film producer Bill Troskie (84) dies

Cape Town – Veteran South African film producer, Bill Troskie, has died. He was 84. Bill the older brother of Boet Troskie, died in Bloemfontein on Thursday night following an extended illness. Mireschen Troskie-Marx, speaking on behalf of the family, told the OFM radio station in the Free State that the family is deeply saddened by the death of the businessman, whose funeral will take place on 12 April at the Dutch Reformed Church Bloemfontein North known as the Klipkerk. Bill and Boet created their banner, Mimosa Films, in 1964 in Bloemfontein and teamed up with the legendary film director...

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Alex Isaacs   WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—"SHAZAM!"—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero, Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart, inside of a ripped, godlike body, Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But,...

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