The fact that a large number of film permits have been issued for film productions in Cape Town in the 2021/2022 summer months is excellent news in itself, reflecting the recovery of the Cape Town film industry.
But that Mission Impossible 8 is to be filmed in and around Cape Town (and Durban) next month is even more amazing news for the economy of the Cape, and for its reputation as a film location and tourist destination!
To aid the film industry in the Western Cape, the provincial investment and marketing agency Wesgro will be marketing the Cape as a film production destination at a number of festivals.
Productions known to have or be filming in the Cape include:
#. ‘Recipes for Love and Murder’, screened at the Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin currently
#. ‘Indemnity’, described as the ‘largest thriller ever shot in South Africa’, and released on the USA movie circuit.
# ‘Mission Impossible 8’, with three months of shooting in Durban and Cape Town scheduled, and the release is scheduled for July 2023. Hoedspruit and the nearby Blyde River Canyon are reported to be locations for shooting film stunts in planes. Actor Tom Cruise is already in the country.
# ‘Ghost Party’ American movie is to include a shoot at Camps Bay High School later this month.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said that the Cape Town Film Studios ‘is on track to be fully booked for the next two years’. Excellent news for the local film, accommodation and restaurant industries.
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