Actor Anthony Mackie is set to film a movie in South Africa with local actress Pearl Thusi.
The film, titled Blue Mauritius, is the story of jet-setting thieves in their search for priceless stamps that will lead them to a fortune. It features a melting-pot cast of actors from around the world, including Anthony from Avengers and Pearl representing South Africa.
The setting of Blue Mauritius is a deliberate move towards including South Africa in the international film arena. CEO of the company producing the movie, Dexter Davis, told Times Live, ‘We’re creating platforms and opportunities for South African and African talent to become more internationally recognised. Developing content that’s more commercial for a wider audience and pairing African talent with internationally known actors is the model.’
Davis’s production company D Street Media aims to put budding South African stars into the mainstream spotlight. Their strategy is to feature local artists with internationally recognised actors. Not only is D Street Media focused on the talent South Africa has to offer, but it’s also making plans to uplift the communities that make the setting for the movie.
Davis told Times Live, ‘It’s going to have a substantial effect on the entire south-coast economy,’ referring to the small town of Port Shepstone in KZN where Davis is setting up a local studio to film these projects. ‘We see the studio as being a beacon of light and opportunity for not only people working directly in the film business‚ but an opportunity to train young people in an array of different industries that support film and television production,’ says Davis.
The head of marketing and communications at the National Film and Video Foundation, Peter Kwele‚ told Sowetan Live‚ ‘[Davis’s] studio will go a long way towards creating access for more South Africans to participate in our growing industry‚ and we look forward to assisting in any way possible.’
You can expect to see Blue Mauritius in theatres at the end of 2018.