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 film of the much loved…

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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 anyone suspected of terrorist dealings,…

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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 way out of town from…

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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. Fans of Brokeback Mountain don’t…

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