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Romcom to be set in Stellenbosch announced

By , 15 May 2020



 San Francisco-based Eileses Capital have announced that it will be providing funding for a film to be set in Stellenbosch aimed at promoting South African wine to an international audience.

A view back to the Simonsberg across the vineyards of Stellenbosch.

Richard Truter of Johannesburg production company Picture Tree will be the director – he has worked extensively in the UK directing TV commercials for the likes of BMW, Cadillac and Stella Artois and this will be his feature film debut. The movie will be a romantic comedy with international actors as leads but locals set to be deployed extensively in supporting roles and in a production capacity.

“We feel that Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands are under-spoken for in the global market and the intention is to elevate Stellenbosch as a destination. Think what Under the Tuscan Sun did for Tuscany or A Good Year did for Provence,” says Truter. “Part of the plot will also be how a wine farm rebuilds itself having encountered economic difficulties.”

Filming is provisionally set to start in the summer of 2020-2021 with the release date scheduled for the second half of next year, distribution largely via streaming video on demand channels like Amazon Prime or Netflix.

Eileses Capital was founded in 2016   by Kishore Bopardikar and Charles Marston. With extensive experience in technology, the company’s investments range across multiple sectors including healthcare, the food industry, and core technology. They acquired both Stellenbosch property Warwick and winemag.co.za in 2018.


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    Daniel Sidis | 21 May 2020

    Great News being a tour guide in that region please advise who we can contact to contribute to the film as a consultant even as a extra
    I have a vehicle even for chaperoning
    You can contact me on

    Robert Bradshaw | 18 May 2020

    Wow – FINALLY some well timed great news. So excited to see this develop. This wine region deserves an international audience. What a place to discover. Huge thanks to Eileses Capital for believing in the Cape Winelands.
    -Rob Bradshaw
    CEO Cape Classics

    Angela Lloyd | 18 May 2020

    Would be appropriate if the ‘international actors’ also happen to be South African, eg Charlize Theron, Richard E Grant – must be others as well.

    Natalie Scheepers | 18 May 2020

    Absolutely awesome! This article made my day! I have visited California last year and loved it! My best friend lives in Placerville. Please contact us for SAFE accommodation. Staff has been trained by Registered Nurse who has spesialized in Pandemics. Our property has a Medical Specialist who visits properties daily. All sanitizing procedures according to World Health Care protocols. Visit our website http://www.baruchbb.co.za
    We have our own shuttle.

    René van Zyl | 17 May 2020

    What an awesome initiative!
    I will be a grandmother of 3 by the time you start filming.
    With a proud SA winemaker son, staying in Napa California.
    If you need a positive enthusiastic “Ouma”
    May your project be blessed!
    Stellenbosch greetings
    René van Zyl

    Sandy | 17 May 2020

    I would love to be part of this project
    Actor maybe background
    I’m sporty – current SA Badminton Champion. Play for a club in Boland
    I am a Skipper of my own recreational boat – Have my Skippers Licence
    I have a positive mind and friendly
    Warm regards

    Irene | 17 May 2020

    Great exposure for Stellenbosch. I am an International selling artist with a data base of hundreds of artists in many styles. I can provide art as well as copies of old masters should you wish. Contact me on 021 780 1857 info@artmark.co.za

    Carina Moodley | 16 May 2020

    I am a Food Science student at Stellenbosch first year with an Asian friend who is studying Megatronics, if you require any assistance, you can contact me on 0827939670, Carina Moodley. I can be reached on gloriam@openserve.co.za, thanks

    Vernine | 16 May 2020

    This is a great initiative especially for local businesses.
    I am a Proffessional Makeup Artist and would love to assist with the makeup to support this project.
    I can be reached at: vee@poutmakeupartist.co za
    072 2468 229
    I reside in Stellenbosch.
    Warm regards.

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