Rand Airport in Germiston was a hive of activity recently when local production company Moonlighting Film Production Services facilitated the shooting of the Amelia Earhart story with

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The Lockheed Electra outside Rand Airport
A-list stars Hilary Swank (Earhart) and Richard Gere (her husband George Putman).

 

The two weeks of shooting in South Africa (21 July - 5 August) involved Rand Airport as well as various locations in and around Cape Town, the Transkei region and Nadini.

The story centers on the legendary aviatrix (Swank) and chronicles her rise to fame, marriage to publisher George Putnam (Gere) and passionate affair with Gene Vidal (McGregor), father of author Gore Vidal.  Earhart disappeared never to be found during a round the world record attempt in 1937.

The key crew was kept for the whole film, so the same Director of Photography, Lead Sound, etc. were on the film in South Africa as were on the rest of the filming done internationally.  The film is directed by Mira Nair and produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Kevin Hyman and Ted Waitt. The Director of Photography is Stuart Dryburgh and the production designer is Stephanie Carroll. Ronald Bass penned the screenplay.

Rand Airport, which was shot to be both the Miami and Burbank airports, was selected because its art deco look and feel resembled those airports in the 1930s.

Beccy Kellond, Marketing Manager of Moonlighting, commented:  "We shot for two days in Gauteng and at the one location, which was Rand Airport, so in this instance we did not require assistance from the Gauteng Film Commission, but we work with them frequently on other projects."

Most of the equipment was sourced locally from Panalux, One8Six and Jens Bacher Gripping Solutions. The transfers were done in Canada but the processing was done in Cape Town at Waterfront Post. Moonlighting's Genevieve Hofmeyr was the line producer and Shireen Hattingh was the production manager.

It is believed that a Lockheed Electra was flown over into Rand Airport by its European owner to take part in the movie, and double as the Lockheed Electra L10E which Earhart flew in her ill-fated around the world record attempt.

The movie is due for release in the fall of 2009 in the United States.