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S. Africa feels attack effects

Pics reshooting scenes to address new sensitivities

JOHANNESBURG — The effect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. has rippled through to the South African film industry.

Parts of recently wrapped action telepic “The Red Phone,” starring local thesp Arnold Vosloo (“The Mummy” series), will have to be reshot, according to producer Norbert Blecha, to address new sensitivities in the wake of the attacks.

The $10 million two-parter, one of the biggest made in South Africa, is about a crack anti-terrorist squad.

Even though U.S. industryites are unwilling to travel at the moment, local filmmaker Anant Singh said he believes they will be lured to the country by the high value of the dollar against the rand, which has been in freefall since Sept. 11.

Singh has just completed his latest feature, “Mr. Bones,” shot over 120 days with a budget of $5 million.

“To film this anywhere else would require a budget of $20 million,” said Singh, adding that Summit Entertainment and Mandalay Pictures had contacted him about shooting in South Africa at the end of the year.

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