5 December 2011

South Africa: Bestseller Filmed As Mini-Series in Cape Town

A four-hour mini-series, based on Labyrinth, the international bestseller from Kate Mosse has begun principal photography on location in Cape Town, after wrapping photography in the medieval town of Carcassonne, South-West France.

It is adapted by award-winning writer, Adrian Hodges (Primeval, The Last King) and directed by British filmmaker, Christopher Smith (Black Death, Triangle). The multi-national cast includes John Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, South Africa's Janet Suzman, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Vanessa Kirby, Claudia Gerini, Katie McGrath, Emun Elliott and Tony Curran.

Set to remain as a permanent structure

Tandem Communications (The Pillars of the Earth, The Company), Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's Scott Free Films (The Good Wife, The Andromeda Strain) and Film Afrika Worldwide (Dark Tide, Endgame) produce the mini-series in association with Universal Production Partners. Labyrinth is a German/South African treaty co-production.

Under the direction of production designer, Tom Hannam, a reproduction of the French medieval town of Carcassonne in Southwest France and the dark and tortured landscape of the Crusades and Cathar massacres of the 13th Century has been constructed on the back lot of the Cape Town Film Studios. This will be first set to remain as a permanent structure at the studios. Producing for Tandem is Moritz Polter (The Lost Future, Treasure Guards).

A compelling journey

Labyrinth will take a global audience on a compelling journey through the South of France of the present and the Crusades and Cathar massacres of medieval times. Two spirited and charismatic heroines must somehow work together across the centuries in order to save a four thousand year-old secret from falling into the wrong hands.

The novel has been published in more than thirty-eight languages worldwide; it hit both the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists; was the UK's bestselling fiction title of 2006 and a top ten bestseller in more than twenty-one other major territories.

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