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Mai tais? This isn’t an Eastwood film shoot

September 19, 2010

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Some films are made on a $6 million budget, others with $60 million. It’s the difference between long hours on set and sipping mai tais on the patio. Just ask “The Bang Bang Club” director, Steven Silver.

“The Bang Bang Club,” was 10 years in the making, shot last year over the course of 30 days and produced on a budget of 5 million euros. It’s still waiting to be picked up by a U.S. distributor.

When casting, Director Steven Silver told Reuters during the Toronto film festival that he had turned down other more high profile actors for the roles. He was looking for people who were able to immerse themselves into the culture, adding: “I needed actors who were prepared to deal with the difficulties and hardships of a low budget independent film.”

The film was shot in South Africa around the same time as Clint Eastwood’s ” Invictus”, which reportedly had a  budget of about $60 million.

“If you know anything about how Eastwood shoots, he shoots these 8 hour days,” said Silver, chuckling. “The grips from Eastwood’s film would be sipping Mai Tais on the patio while we were still slugging away.”

(Caption: A scene from the film “The Bang Bang Club”, starring Ryan Phillippe. REUTERS/TIFF)

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