S. Africa film industry boom draws Charlize Theron home
CAPE TOWN (AFP) - South Africa's fast-growing film industry has hit a milestone with its largest commercial production to date, starring homegrown Hollywood actress Charlize Theron, the trade minister said on Friday.
South African-born, Oscar-winning actress Theron is currently shooting a fourth Mad Max film, Fury Road, in Cape Town - which has also hosted the likes of fellow Academy Award winners Hilary Swank and Denzel Washington.
"This film is significant because it is the largest commercial film that has been produced in South Africa," said Minister Rob Davies at the Cape Town Film Studios, which opened two years ago.
"It's a major Hollywood production. Its presence here is going to be creating 800 jobs in South Africa for the duration of that particular film. So I think this marks a milestone in an evolving programme of support for the film industry."