The Talented Mr. Minghella

Selfish little shockwaves bouncing round my house this morning; with the untimely death of the prodigiously smart and talented Anthony Minghella, what will become of the rest of the series of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency movies, the pilot of which shot in Gaborone last year? No.1 is of course the […]

Good Taste is a Deadly Attribute

My second Made in Cape Town movie of the weekend was Rendition, the first Hollywood production of South African director Gavin Hood, who won a Best Foreign Language Oscar for Tsotsi. Cinematography was by another high flying South African, Dion Beebe. “Rendition” refers to the ability of the CIA to detain […]

The Breed

In bed over the weekend with a bad back, I took the opportunity to catch up on a couple of movies Made in Cape Town. The first – Wes Craven’s The Breed – was shot on Steenbras Dam, a beautiful stretch of water just over Sir Lowry’s Pass on the […]

The Da Vinci Code’s Virtual Location

Watched the Da Vinci Code on MNET last night. On a second viewing, I thought it was pretty good – better in fact than the book which I found a bit obvious (my dog is sharp enough to have guessed the clues.) But it’s still a solid, well made Ron […]

Heath Ledger

So poor Heath Ledger is dead. A terrible, sad end for a prodigious talent. Since I tend to be interested in Film Locations and the remarkable economic impacts of film production, it’s worth recalling one of Heath’s most remarkable achievements; boosting tourismto a setting where filming didn’t actually take place. […]