Venture to the movie locations of Safe House, Invictus and Lord of War on your next visit to Cape Town. See for yourself why tourists, producers and actors alike love the Mother City.
Cape Town is known among travelers for its incredibly beautiful coastline and landscapes. But did you know it’s been called the “new Hollywood” due to its booming movie industry? Several blockbusters have been filmed here, and you can experience many locations firsthand!
Monumentally popular movie studios
One of 2015’s most highly-anticipated movies, Mad Max: Fury Road, was filmed in part at the Cape Town Film Studios, just outside the city center. Set to post-apocalyptic Australia, this movie tells the tale of two drifters who rebel against a tyrannical ruler. The film studio’s massive green screen is put to good use, as well as their many sets and stages. Cape Town has become the next go-to destination for many of the big production companies, in part due to the professionality of the facilities and services provided in the city by its many studios.
CIA agents and traitors on the loose
Remember that cool movie, “Safe House” from 2012 where CIA-agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), is tasked with protecting the infamous traitor Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), in a safe house in Cape Town? The movie starts with an aerial shot from Lion’s Head, an easily accessible hike and great spot for a perfect view of the city, and continues to take the viewer throughout town before the grand finale. We won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a roller coaster ride like no other!
Invincible rugby players
In 1995 the South-African rugby team known as the Springboks made national history when they defeated New-Zealand in the world championships, an effort made possible by the cooperation of Nelson Mandela and team captain Francois Pienaar. Newly elected president Mandela saw an opportunity for the Springboks to help unite the apartheid-torn people of South Africa and enlists the rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which they did. The surprising victory of the Springboks inspired the movie in Invictus, where the viewer is taken to several locations around Cape Town, such as Mandelas’s prison on Robben Island, Newlands Stadium and the Western Cape.
If you want to experience the magic of the silver screen live, then Cape Town is the place to be. And when it’s time to wrap up your day, you’ll sleep like the stars at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel.