Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - South Africa's film industry is growing but needs to produce its own material

But what the industry says it really wants is more home-grown achievement. It is rare for a local film to earn big money or critical acclaim, let alone both. The biggest success was “Mr Bones”, a slapstick comedy featuring lots of flying animal faeces, which grossed over 32m rand ($3.7m) in 2001 and reached European screens. Last year “Stander”, a Johannesburg film about a cop-turned-bank-robber, packed local cinemas but did not play abroad.

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