Although the South African economy fills most of us with some apprehension, good news is that the international film industry has spent R15.2 billion in South Africa since the introduction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s film incentive programme in 2004.

In addition to the financial benefits, almost all crew – including extras – for the films and series shot on location in South Africa are South African. ABC and Walt Disney Company SA executives say that 99% of the film crew for features filmed in South Africa are from South Africa.

Films and series shot on location in South Africa

So you may be wondering which films and series you’ve seen on the big screen or tele were filmed here. Good question! We’ve rounded up a list of the most famous titles you can proudly claim were shot either partially or to completion in your motherland.

  • 10 000 BC
  • 24: Redemption
  • Aashiqui 2
  • The Adventures of Sinbad (series)
  • Africa United
  • Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls
  • Alien Outpost
  • Amelia
  • American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt
  • Animals Are Beautiful People
  • Ask the Dusk
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Bang Bang Club
  • Big Fellas
  • Black Sails (series)
  • Blended
  • Blood Diamond
  • Blue Crush 2
  • The Bone Snatcher
  • Boy Called Twist
  • Bravo Two Zero
  • Broken Arrow
  • Cavegirl
  • Chappie
  • Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Darfur
  • Death Race 2
  • Death Race 3
  • District 9
  • Dominion (series)
  • Dredd
  • Ernest in the Army
  • Flood
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove
  • From Dusk Til Dawn 2
  • Generation Kill (series)
  • The Ghost and the Darkness
  • The Giver
  • The Gods Must be Crazy
  • The Good Lie
  • Grimsby
  • The Hellions
  • Hitman
  • Home Alone 4
  • Homeland (series)
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Human Cargo (mini-series)
  • I Dreamed of Africa
  • Inescapable
  • Inside
  • Invictus
  • The Jackals
  • Jonestown: Paradise Lost
  • Kickboxer 5
  • King Solomon’s Mines
  • The Last House on the Left
  • Long Way Down
  • Lord of War
  • Lost Boys: The Thirst
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Momentum
  • The Odyssey
  • The Perfect Wave
  • The Piano Player
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • Prey
  • Primeval
  • Racing Stripes
  • A Reasonable Man
  • Red Dust
  • Rendition
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • Rhodes (mini-series)
  • Safe House
  • The Salvation
  • Sarafina!
  • The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
  • Sniper: REloaded
  • Spud
  • Starship Troopers 3
  • Tarzan and the Lost city
  • Tiger House
  • Untamed
  • Victim five
  • Wild at Heart (series)
  • The Wild Geese
  • The Young Black Stallion
  • Young Ones
  • Zulu

We hope to see a range of new series and feature films in future bearing the South African badge in their credits. For now, we’ll just take some Popcorn and Slush Puppie and enjoy a bit of silver screen safa entertainment.

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