Hollywood movie to be shot in Botswana

source: Mmegi

LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
CORRESPONDENT

All hope is not lost even after a local woman could not be identified to play the role of lead actress, Mma-Ramotswe in the forthcoming Hollywood movie, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, which is based on author Alexander McCcall Smith’s book. Smith’s best selling novel was set in Botswana.

An elated director of Camelthorn film production company, Enrst Engels, says the good news is that the multi-million Pula movie will be shot in Botswana in May. It will be the first time ever that a Hollywood movie would have been shot in the country.

Engels said the move would go a long way in boosting the country’s nascent film industry.

“It is the best thing to happen to us.  It is magnificent,” he said.

Engels has hailed the development because it would also create jobs for Batswana from a wide spectrum.

He said locals are going to be engaged as part of the crew, extras and to play minor roles. Drivers would also benefit. In addition, the hospitality industry would be boosted, as crew  and cast would need accommodation and catering services.

“They might also want to hire equipment,” he said.

Engels, who has designed a website of women who turned up for the Mma-Ramotswe interviews, said the film directors might select from this list. [continue reading]



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