Daniel Radcliffe filming Adelaide as Cape Town
Daniel Radcliffe is starring in feature Escape from Pretoria, which is using the Australian city of Adelaide as a stand-in for 1970s Cape Town.
The film is based on the true story of Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, white anti-apartheid campaigners who escaped from Pretoria Maximum Security Prison in 1979 after being jailed the previous year for their covert operations on behalf of the African National Congress.
Francis Annan is making his feature directorial debut on the movie, which is an Australian-UK co-production between Hamilton Entertainment, BeaglePug, and Footprint Films.
“South Australia’s increasing ability to attract major international productions to shoot here is testament to our diverse and unique locations, and world-class crews and facilities,” said David Pisoni MP, South Australia’s minister for industry and skills.
Authorities in South Australia have boosted the state’s production profile in the last 18 months by launching an uncapped Post-Production, Digital and Visual Effects Rebate worth 10% of regional expenditure. Major visual effects company Technicolor announced a new Adelaide office for its Mill Film brand shortly afterwards.
Netflix drama Pine Gap has been one of the high-profile productions to have shot in Adelaide and other parts of South Australia over the last year, while true-life terrorism feature Hotel Mumbai recreated India’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel at multiple Adelaide locations.
South Australia had a 10% share of the country’s national drama production spending in the 2017-18 period, according to figures from the South Australian Film Corporation.
Adelaide Studios is the state’s most prominent production facility and offers producers a pair of sound stages five minutes from the city centre.
See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Australia.
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