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    Safe House, shot with Moonlighting Films, is a first for Cape Town

    6 February 2012

    Universal’s “Safe House” starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, which will be released on Friday 10th February, was shot in and around Cape Town with Moonlighting Films and represents a first for Cape Town and for the South African film industry.

    Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is the first major Hollywood action film to be set in Cape Town. Genevieve Hofmeyr, supervising producer for Safe House and owner of Moonlighting Films, says “Cape Town transformed itself for this Hollywood action film which would not have been possible without the incredible co-operation of the public, the City of Cape Town and the many traffic officers to whom we owe huge thanks. The success of the production shows that Cape Town has been elevated to a city that can accommodate big Hollywood projects. The city’s co-operation will ensure that Hollywood keeps coming back for more.”

    The feature film was in pre-production for 5 months and then shot for 14 weeks. Locations included downtown Cape Town (with numerous road closures, including Western Boulevard), Belville, Langa and Moorreesburg. “We built a huge set right in the heart of the Langa community where we shot an extensive night sequence. We are incredibly grateful to the residents and community leaders of Langa who engaged with us whole-heartedly to make it work, as well as fulfilling positions ranging from security to extras”.

    The positive impact of the production on the City of Cape Town and the South African film industry is significant. “This was a great opportunity for us to showcase the formidable crew talent that we have here in South Africa, and to grow it exponentially thanks to the skills transfer between international and local crew,” Genevieve continues. “Furthermore, we are for once proudly presenting Cape Town and iconic locations such as Greenpoint Stadium and Table Mountain instead of doubling our city for somewhere else – this will no doubt result in a considerable boost in “film” tourism for Cape Town.”

    Safe House is produced by Scott Stuber and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was written by David Guggenheim and directed by Daniel Espinosa. Executive producers are Denzel Washington, Scott Aversano, Adam Merims, Alexa Faigen, Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans.

     


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