Since the end of apartheid, the city has seen an influx of movies shooting on its streets, offering itself as both an alternative and vibrant urban landscape for action movies to crash through, but, simultaneously, one nondescript enough that it can be made to imitate other cities around the world with relative ease.
The generous government subsidies on offer to film studios are attractive too, providing partial funding in exchange for showcasing the city's best features, and these are plentiful.
2012's mouse-chases-cat Denzel Washington thriller Safe House made particular use of the city’s landmarks, crunching cars in its intersections and shooting chase scenes around Green Point stadium, providing employment to 4000 local extras in the process.
The city's Langa township featured too, in a fist-chewingly tense shoot-out on its corrugated rooves that weaved through the pastel huts and far from disrupting its inhabitants had them flocking to watch.
Being very much not Denzel Washington, life affords me few opportunities to walk calmly away from an explosion, Hawaiian shirt flapping in the breeze, so I snapped at the chance to recreate some of the movie's stunts at Killarney race track where the actors trained.
My career as a stuntman was brief but violent, performing a reverse 180-degree spin before bursting a tyre, bending a rim and scampering off the track giggling.
Cape Town Film Studios is another draw for filmmakers across the world, a new complex of film stages that makes our own Pinewood Studios look really rather dated, possessing gantries capable of suspending 250 cars and soundproofing so thick a heavy storm can not be heard from inside.
It is not just movies that are heading here, with upcoming TV series Labyrinth also being shot at the complex, the challenge of recreating a Carcassonne castle not fazing the South Africans and their can-do attitude.
With a slew of other big releases scheduled to shoot in Cape Town its film industry’s growth should provide a boost both to the city’s economy and arts, whilst giving Ryan Reynolds et al a new environment in which to chase cinema’s never-ending stream of terrorists.
Safe House, the perfect gift this Father's Day, is now available on Blu-Ray™ with ultraviolet™, DVD and digital download 15 June 2012 from Universal Pictures UK.