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Cinema of South Africa (Joziwood)
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No. of "screens 857 (2010)[1]
 • Per capita 1.9 per 100,000 (2010)[1]
Main distributors "Ster-Kinekor 38.8%
"Nu-Metro 35.7%
"Uip 21.7%[2]
Produced feature films (2013)[2]
Total 50
Animated 3
Number of admissions (2011)[3]
Total 22,400,000
Gross box office (2013)[2]
Total R879 million
National films R98.4 million (11%)

The "cinema of "South Africa refers to the films and "film industry of the nation of South Africa. Many foreign films have been produced about South Africa (usually involving race relations).

One South African film to achieve international acclaim was "The Gods Must Be Crazy in 1980, set in the "Kalahari. This is about how life in a traditional community of Bushmen is changed when a "Coke bottle, thrown out of an aeroplane, suddenly lands from the sky. The late "Jamie Uys, who wrote and directed The Gods Must Be Crazy, also had success overseas in the 1970s with his films Funny People and Funny People II, similar to the TV series "Candid Camera in the US. "Leon Schuster's You Must Be Joking! films are in the same genre, and hugely popular among South Africans.

Another high-profile film portraying South Africa in recent years was "District 9. Directed by "Neill Blomkamp, a native South African, and produced by "Peter Jackson, the action/science-fiction film depicts a sub-class of alien refugees forced to live in the slums of Johannesburg in what many saw as a creative allegory for apartheid. The film was a critical and commercial success worldwide, and was nominated for Best Picture at the "82nd Academy Awards.

Other notable films are "Tsotsi, which won the "Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the "78th Academy Awards in 2006 as well as "U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, which won the "Golden Bear at the 2005 "Berlin International Film Festival.


Silent Era[edit]

Open-Air-Cinema in "Johannesburg.

The first film studio in South Africa, "Killarney Film Studios, was established in 1915 in "Johannesburg.[4]

During the 1910s and 1920s, many South African films were made in or around "Durban. These films often made use of the dramatic scenery available in rural "KwaZulu-Natal, particularly the "Drakensberg region. KwaZulu-Natal also served as the appropriate location for historical films such as De Voortrekkers (1916) and The Symbol of Sacrifice (1918). American filmmaker "Lorimer Johnston directed several films in the area in the late 1910s which starred American actresses "Edna Flugrath and Caroline Frances Cooke. Despite the participation of Johnson, Flugrath and Cooke, these were South African productions featuring local actors and stories.

Sound Era[edit]

"Sarie Marais, the first Afrikaans-language sound film, was released in 1931. Subsequent sound releases such as Die Wildsboudjie (1948), a 1949 Sarie Marais remake, and "Daar doer in die bosveld (1950) continued to cater primarily to white, Afrikaans-speaking audiences.

The 1950s saw an increased use of South African locations and talent by international filmmakers. British co-productions like "Coast of Skeletons (1956) and American co-productions like "The Cape Town Affair (1967) reflected the a growing trend of shooting in real locations, rather than using backlots.

The 4 major South African film distributors[edit]

Listed alongside each distributor are the studios they represent:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Table 8: Cinema Infrastructure – Capacity". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Box Office Report: South Africa (January – December 2013)" (PDF). National Film and Video Foundation South Africa. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Table 11: Exhibition – Admissions & Gross Box Office (GBO)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Anonymous (2011-03-21). "A History of the South African Film Industry timeline 1895-2003". South African History Online. Retrieved 2017-11-04. 

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