Good storytelling—be it in movies, TV shows, or in books—has always had a universal appeal to it. Although there are TV shows that are primarily targetted towards the audience of a certain region, for the most part, most series harp on the most basic human condition and then wrap it up with a unique storyline to lure a huge audience.
In Netflix’s new teen thriller series ‘Blood and Water,’ this “basic human condition” turns out to be the struggles that most teenagers go through. Complementing this is the show’s elements of an underlying who-dun-it mystery which keeps you on your toes throughout its runtime. Although the series does not walk you through several different locations, even its production is quite impressive and grabs your attention from its very onset. So, in case, you’re wondering where its filming took place, here’s everything you need to know.
Where is Blood and Water Filmed?
‘Blood and Water’, Netflix’s second South African original, started filming around June 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The show’s entire filming took place in the same location. This location comes in tandem with its overall setup which primarily revolves around the lives of the students of a private school in Cape Town. Helmed by award-winning director Nosipho Dumisa, ‘Blood and Water’ has been produced by Gambit Films, which is a Cape Town-based production company.
“Blood and Water,” @NetflixSA's 2nd original, has started production!! Starring a mix of some of South Africa's young and familiar actors, it will be directed by South Africa’s very own @NosiphoDumisa 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/yyi68EoHKr
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) June 26, 2019
Cape Town, South Africa
The series is set up in a prestigious school called Parkhurst College. Although there is an actual Parkhurst College in Cape Town, the show has not been filmed there. In an interview, director Nosipho Dumisa talked about her experience with the show’s filming and casting decisions by claiming that it allowed her to bring in some fresh faces to the screen along with a roster of some seasoned actors. Knowing that there are thousands of actors in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the director was all hyped up about opening up the industry in South Africa and giving young actors the opportunity they deserve.
When it comes to the production company behind the series, Gambit Flims is a well-established agency that has produced over 750 TV episodes and even a huge catalog of movies. Netflix’s Vice President of International Netflix Originals, Kelly Luegenbiehl, commented on Gambit Films’ involvement with Netflix originals of the South African region by saying: “We are delighted to be investing further in African content and to partner with Nosipho and the team at Gambit Films to bring our second original series from South Africa to Netflix.” Although no other details regarding the show’s filming have been revealed, several cast and crew members of the show have uploaded stills from its sets on their respective social media accounts.
As mentioned earlier, the show’s filming did not take place in the actual Parkhurst College of Cape Town. Instead, it was predominantly shot in the University of Cape Town. Check out the image below:
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Blood and Water coming to Netflix on May 20. True story: While I was retouching this photograph, I received a FaceTime call from a friend and she asked what I was busy with, I told her that I’m retouching and showed her this photo; She then asked if these images were for a TV show? I think your vision successfully came to life @doraosinde 🖤 Talent: @thabangmolaba_ @amaqamata @khosingema Stylist: @chrisnadebruyn , @liezlfranken_thestylist Photographer: @themba_mbuyisa Digi opp: @mylesdicky Lighting assistants: @nicleightonza , @goosephoto1 Production: @redpetalproductions #thembambuyisa #netflixsa #BloodAndWater #photography #Netflix
Here’s another picture posted by one of the leading stars of the series:
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Moody day in Cape Town, but today is the big day. My first day of shooting on #bloodandwater for @netflixsa. Not to be all soppy and stuff, but sometimes dreams really do come true. Just keep doing your thing, stay focused and block out all the noise that distracts from your vision. Anyway, time to get it done…
Here’s another one from the sets of the series, and just like the pictures featured above, this too has been geo-tagged as “Cape Town”:
Here are a few others:
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