“The signing of the co-production treaty between South Africa and the United Kingdom formalises the process of co-productions between the countries. It not only opens up new avenues of financial support, especially for South African films, but also gives us an opportunity to benefit from the expertise and skills from the very diverse and comprehensive pool of the UK and we are confident that will result in the transfer of skills to our filmmaking community.
“We have seen the success of co-production treaties with Australia and Canada and we anticipate that this treaty with the United Kingdom will result in several hundred million of Rand with of additional production activity in South Africa.”
Note to editors:
Anant Singh and his company, Videovision Entertainment have been pioneers in co-productions with the United Kingdom. The company has partnered with the BBC on productions both in South Africa and in the UK.
Films shot in South Africa include:
The hit musical Sarafina!
Bravo Two Zero the gulf war film which was shot on location in Upington in the Northern Cape
The award-winning Truth And Reconciliation Commission drama, Red Dust starring Academy Award Winner, Hilary Swank
Films made in the United Kingdom are:
The BAFTA nominated film, I Capture The Castle with stars Romola Garai, Marc Blucas, Tara Fitzgerald and Bill Nighy.
The Theory of Flight starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh
Face with Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone, directed by Antonia Bird