South Africa’s Film Hubs

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Natasha Skoryk investigates why the tip of Africa is such an appealing destination for international productions.

The tip of Africa has served as a stand-in for many parts of the world. On the small screen, it has served as Kenya, Australia and Tonga in Netflix’s The Crown, the Caribbean in Season 3 of Starz’s Outlander, Afghanistan in Season 4 of Homeland and a range of dystopias in Netflix’s Black Mirror.

Its big-screen presence has been even more prolific. In just the last year or so, it has represented the dystopian world of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the Middle East as seen in biblical times in Samson and a range of Asian locales in Tomb Raider.

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