Industry Report: Focus: Africa
2015 has been a remarkable year for South African cinema industry
- 2015 has been remarkable for theatrical releases in South Africa, despite the increase of cinema ticket prices applied by some exhibitors. Growth is estimated at 36% and total theatrical revenue is an estimated R1,198 billion, due to popular and highly anticipated releases such as, Fast & Furious 7 (R89.9 million), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (R51.5 million), and Minions (R50 million).
Local films have also recorded an impressive performance at the box office, with earnings of R69.2 million, making up a total 6% of the gross. Of the 22 local films that were released, the top three were Schuks! Pay Back the Money (2015) by Gray Hofmeyr with R17.6 million, Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling (2015) by Quentin Krog with R9 million and Mooirivier (2015) by Rene van Rooyen and Tim Theron with R7.2 million. Afrikaans films were the most popular, earning 65% of the gross. Several local films were also well received by international audiences. Among them are Local Afrikaans film Die Windpomp (2014) by Etienne Fourie (winning the Audience Award for Best Foreign Film at the 2015 Long Beach International Film Festival in New York), Thina Sobabili (2014) by Ernest Nkosi (winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Pan African Film Festival 2015), and Necktie Youth (2015) by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, which won both the Best South African Feature Award and the International Jury Award for Best Director at the Durban International Film Festival 2015.
South Africa has also become increasingly attractive in recent years as an international filming location, a trend which continued in 2015. Among the international feature films shot in South Africa are The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), including scenes shot in Johannesburg's Inner City and Sandton, and Mad Max Fury Road (2015), featuring scenes shot at the Cape Town film studios.
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