US actor Sean Penn (R) and South-African actress Charlize Theron (L) arrive for the screening of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Cape Town - Cape Town, Port Edward, Upington and Pella in the Northern Cape got the nod from Hollywood bad boy Sean Penn as locations for his new movie, The Last Face.

But it was the incentives offered by South Africa, along with highly favourable exchange rates, that made the country “very provocative”.

That is according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie also features South Africa’s Charlize Theron, who reportedly dumped Penn during shooting.


Producer Bill Gerber is quoted in the article as hailing South Africa’s “versatile locales and movie production incentives”, which he said made it the ideal location to shoot the movie, a Palme d’Or contender.


Cape Town doubled for places as far as Zurich, with all the jungle exteriors shot in Port Edward.

Penn told The Hollywood Reporter: “The incentives (South Africa offers) are enticing – it’s very provocative. And we also got lucky in that the exchange rates kept improving in our favour the longer we stayed down there.”

He also singled out Genevieve Hofmeyr, of Observatory production company Moonlighting, which he described as “spectacular”.

He said Hofmeyr had helped with on-location shooting for Mad Max: Fury Road, and “did an extraordinary job of lining up crew in all the departments, other than the key (crew members) we brought with us”.

“They’re very prolific down there and just great.”

Weekend Argus