Cape Town, South Africa’s very own ‘little Hollywood’ is regarded, both internationally and nationally, as a premier filming destination. Maybe its the natural beauty of the Cape, or the vibrant charm exuding from our lands. Whatever it may be, The Mother City always gleams with pride at hearing the acting world’s favourite catchphrase “Lights, camera, action!”
Here are 5 incredible movies and series whose stories play out right here in our beloved backyard:
Starring Tom Lewis, Abigail Cowen, and Logan Marshall-Green, this touching and romantic period drama retells the biblical tale of Hosia and centres around the unlikely relationship of Michael Hosea and Sarah, who becomes known as Angel.
Set in the American Old West, producer Cindy Bond says “we quickly realised that South Africa is the perfect home for this film because of the lush green, the mountains, the trees, the vineyards. That is what northern California is, all of those elements
Not only was the movie filmed in and around Cape Town, it even stars a number of local actors, inclufing Daniah De Villiers, Stephen Jennings, Tanya van Graan, Clyde Berning, and Brandon Auret.
Raised by Wolves
In addition to Cape Town’s unique charm as a film location, the land itself even has a knack for acting. With its ability to disguise itself as cities from around the globe, or transform itself into dystopian and alien-like worlds, Cape Town always keeps viewers wondering where exactly on our homeground is this?
Just like Season one of the biggest-budget series to be shot in South Africa, most of the second season filming concluded right here in the Mother City. Set in the 22nd century, our local production experts, Cape Town Film Studio created a complex high-tech galactic setting with the perfect futuristic feel.
Two androids, creatively named Mother and Father (played by Amanda Collin and Abubakar Salim), have been sent to Kepler-22b, an Earth-like planet after Earth was destroyed in The Great War. Their sole mission is to establish an atheist colony of humans and raise “their children” like normal kids without religion.
The sci-fi smash hit is available for streaming on Showmax
Debuting as a Netflix Original series developed by Andrew Dabb, the same production companies that made the classic movie franchise happen (Constantin Film and Moonlighting Films) were behind the productions of the new live-action version.
Resident Evil stars Ella Balinska, Lance Reddick, Paola Núñez, Adeline Rudolph, and more follows two timelines that explore the origins of twins in New Raccoon City both in the past and in the present day riddled with the devastating effects of the T-virus.
An obscure city no one has heard of, or simply green screen magic and advanced post-production? Where on Earth is the fictional New Racoon City?
Covering two different years, 2022 and 2036, Best of Netflix confirms that Cape Town Film Studios were once again responsible for dressing up parts of Cape Town to create some of the spine-chilling settings played out in the series, alongside the UK.
Idris Elba joins forces with South African actors Leah Sava Jeffries, Sharlto Copley, and Iyana Halley to film his latest movie.
Dr. Nate Samuels (played by Elba), a recently widowed husband who returns to the place he first met his wife, South Africa, on a long-planned trip with their teenage daughters to a game reserve managed by an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing suddenly jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a rogue lion begins stalking them.
Since the highly anticipated thriller is set actually in South Africa, it only makes sense that the entire production was filmed across our country. Film locations included the Northern Cape, the rural province of Limpopo, and Cape Town.
The movie is currently screening in cinemas. So when you’re in front of the big screen, keep a close eye peeled to point out any eye-catching Cape Town landmarks.
Mission Impossible 8
It’s been 25 years since the fictional character Ethan Hunt dropped onto the big screen for the first Mission Impossible film. Now, years later the action spy blockbuster franchise continues with the eighth instalment making its way to the big screen.
And where is it being filmed? None other than South Africa of course.
According to sources in the movie industry, American superstar and producer Tom Cruise, other cast members and the film crew produced movie magic in KwaZulu-Natal at the start of February. They have been spotted in Limpopo. Thereafter they made their way to the Mother City for a few more scenes before heading to the UK.