Film Of Gulf War Best-Seller To Be Made In South Africa


Reuters/Variety (July 30, 1997)

Film Of Gulf War Best-Seller To Be Made In South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuter) - South Africa's leading movie maker will co-produce a film with the BBC on the Gulf War bestseller Bravo Two Zero, which depicts a mission behind Iraqi lines by Britain's SAS, his company said Wednesday.

Anant Singh, whose films include Sarafina! and Cry, the Beloved Country, starts principal photography on August 11.

Filming will take place in the desert around the small South African town of Upington and in the country's commercial capital Johannesburg, Singh's Videovision Entertainment company said in a statement.

Bravo Two Zero is the story of an abortive mission by Britain's elite Special Air Services behind Iraqi lines in 1991 to sever strategic communication lines between Baghdad and North West Iraq, as well as to seek and destroy mobile missile launchers.

The film, based on the book by Andy McNab, will star Sean Bean (Goldeneye) and be directed by Tom Clegg (The Sweeney, McVicar). The release is planned for early next year.

Singh is scheduled to begin production on a film of the life of President Nelson Mandela in mid-1998 and he announced earlier this month that he would also make a movie on the brutal killing of U.S. exchange student Amy Biehl in Cape Town in 1993.

Filming in South Africa has taken off since the historic all-race polls in 1994 which ended apartheid. Actors lured by the country's sunny weather, spectacular scenery and weak currency include Val Kilmer, Roger Moore, Liz Hurley, Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine.


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