Six features filmed in South Africa

1:25 PM PST 05/06/2010 by John Scott Lewinski, AP

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"Black Butterflies"
An international co-production between Comet Film and Spier Prods. in association with IDTV Film BV, Cool Beans BV and Riba Films BV, this Cape Town-shot drama follows the struggles of young poet Ingrid Jonker (Carice Van Houten, "Valkyrie") as she navigates her way through the politically turbulent, 1960s-era South Africa. Directed by Paula van der Oest ("The Domino Effect"), the film also stars Liam Cunningham ("Clash of the Titans" ) and Rutger Hauer ("Blade Runner").

"Death Race: Frankenstein Lives"
Part prequel, part franchise reboot, this Universal direct-to-DVD actioner explores the origins of its titular contest as deadly convicts do vehicular battle at the fictitious maximum security prison Terminal Island. Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt and Mike Elliott, the $7 million production was shot in an abandoned cement factory near the poor townships outside Cape Town. Directed by Roel Reine ("The Lost Tribe"), the film stars Luke Goss ("Hellboy 2"), Ving Rhames ("Mission: Impossible" ) and Danny Trejo ("Heat").

"The Lost Future"
Shot primarily in exteriors in and around Cape Town, this post-apocalyptic adventure is a $7 million co-production between RTL Television of Germany, Syfy, Tandem Communications and Film AfrikaWorldwide. Starring Sean Bean ("Lord of the Rings") and Sam Claflin ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") and directed by longtime Dutch cinematographer Mikael Salomon, "The Lost Future" takes place in a world where forests and jungles have reclaimed the Earth. Bean plays the leader of a hunting tribe facing various beasts and mysterious diseases.

"A Million Colours"
Shot in Johannesburg, this drama is inspired by the true story of the young stars of the original "e'Lollipop," a classic South African children's film. The film follows the struggles of two former child stars as they battle failed personal lives and the constant threats of Apartheid. The Canadian co-production, with Andre Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films and Michael Mosca of Equinoxe Films, is directed by Canadian helmer Peter Bishai.

"Spud"
Based on the best-selling book by South African John Howard van de Ruit, this eagerly awaited coming-of-age comedy stars John Cleese alongside South African actress Tanit Phoenix ("Lost Boys: The Thirst"). Directed by Donovan Marsh and produced by South African Rogue Star Films in the country's midlands, the film explores the awkward adventures of John "Spud" Milton in his first year at an elite, boys-only private school.

"Themba"
A Zeitsprung Entertainment, Rheingold Films, DO Prods. project, this drama was shot near Cape Town and is scheduled for release June 15--during this year's FIFA World Cup. It tells the story of a young boy from rural South Africa who overcomes poverty, suffering and violence to live out his dream of playing soccer for South Africa's national football team.
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