Africa's Premiere Filming Facilities Portal
Locations Africa was created to help unlock Africa’s vast, diverse locations and services for the international film industry. It’s understood that every international film, tv or commercial production that can be persuaded to shoot on location in Africa means a high-profile, low-impact injection of foreign currency that can create brand and positive images to a wider market.
Locations Africa understands that in many African countries and regions, the ability to attract production-on-location is constrained. In particular, information about the African film industry, its locations and its service offerings is difficult to find, and International producers have no easy way to connect with the locations, services, skills and equipment available to them on the continent.
Locations Africa aims to support relevant change – principally by creating this portal to the film contacts within government around the continent. The organization also facilitates the African Film Commissions Network, and provides training for African film commission personnel.
Justin Chadwick, director of the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, spent three years researching in South Africa before undertaking the biggest film ever made on the continent. In all about 200 actual locations were used, all of which can be visited: the Transkei hills where Mandela ran as a child, his cell on Robben Island, the Palace of Justice in Pretoria where he was sentenced. Played by Idris Elba
Shot in Ait Benhaddou – Yunkai the Yellow City - The city is located between Marrakech and the Sahara on an old trade route once frequented by caravans. Over the years the ksar (the Arabic word for city) has gone through various states of repair and disrepair from the 1600’s forward. Most recently it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987). No fewer than twenty films have been shot on location.
January 2014, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron descended on the Johannesburg CBD. A spectacular action sequence between Hulk and Iron Man takes place when the characters do battle against the backdrop of a major metropolitan city. After a successful location scout in late 2013, Marvel decided to set this scene in Johannesburg. A number of locations were used for the epic showdown between the two characters, including Soweto, Yeoville Hill and the CBD.
“Part of the film was shot on location in South Africa, which offered unique landscapes and awe-inspiring forests for the alternate dimension. Speaking of the South African landscape - production designer Christopher Glass said:"...In South Africa, we found otherworldly deserts – it was almost like being on Mars. The horizon just kept going; I’ve never seen anything like that before. I think that there’s a romance and a certain sense of adventure that goes into filming in Africa.”
Production took place in South Africa’s main production hub Cape Town Film Studios and also in adapted warehouse spaces in the region. Location work represented a smaller chunk of the overall production schedule. Scenes set aboard a boat called the Endurance were filmed at Cape Town Film Studios in a 60-by-90-metre water tank that was specially built for the Tomb Raider shoot. Hout Bay near Cape Town was transformed into a Hong Kong harbour setting.
A big-budget actioner with stacks of stars from Denzel Washington to Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson to Sam Shepard, not only did it prove that Africa was capable of handling tasks from set-piece locations to high-octane car chases. That’s because it’s largely set in South Africa’s Mother City - Cape Town. Co-star Ryan Reynolds reportedly said: “…This strange contrast creates a visual richness that we wouldn’t have had if we shot somewhere else…”
Starring Karl Urban as the title character, Judge Dredd - The film's pre-production started on 23rd August 2010 and physical production commenced in March 2011. DNA films, chose Cape Town Film Studios for the production of Judge Dredd. "The film is not location specific and could have been made in any country in the world. The affordability of South Africa as a film destination and the new high tech Cape Town Film Studios provided us with the ideal combination."
"Max Max: Fury Road," which won six Oscars, was filmed in The Namibian desert dusty dunes. The production relocated to Namibia with its stark, lunar landscape. The Namib Desert — the world's oldest, estimated at between 50 to 80 million years old — stretches from northern South Africa to Angola and makes an ideal dramatic backdrop for a post-apocalyptic movie. Starring Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy