Davies wants deeper film industry
Cape Town - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies wants South Africa to "deepen" the presence of the film industry in South Africa.
Davies told Parliament's portfolio committee on trade and industry on Friday that his department wanted locations to "move away from trying to be something else" and for there to be a move into the "industrial activity" around films.
"We are trying to deepen the presence of the film industry and tailor our support," Davies said.
"What we are trying to do is move away from locations trying to be something else and move into the industrial activity around the film.
"If you are not in this game, you are not in the film business. That's the truth."
He said one of the reasons why the department of trade and industry (DTI) had decided to back the recent movie Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, was because Cape Town was featured as itself.
"This film showed Cape Town not masquerading, pretending to be San Francisco or something, but Cape Town being Cape Town," he said.
"We decided we would go for that because it was an opportunity to project the country."
Davies said he had visited Moorreesburg, where one of the fight scenes for the movie was being filmed at a pretend CIA safe house.
Credit at the beginning
"They showed me a short shot full of guns and radios and things like that," Davies said.
"I said to the director I sincerely hope this is the only such facility in South Africa and we don't have these CIA safe houses dotted around.
"His response was 'I can neither confirm nor deny this'."
Davies said the department was also trying to persuade movie producers to credit the DTI at the beginning of the film, not at the end.
"Because it's at the end of the film, I have to sit in the movie much longer than anyone else, and wait for everyone to come in and start cleaning up for the next movie," he said.