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Kevin Spacey debuts S African film

US actor and director Kevin Spacey has appeared in South Africa for the premiere of a local short film he helped produce and in which he stars.

With backing from a whiskey company, Kevin ran a contest to find film making talent from the United States, Russia and South Africa.

A script from each country was chosen, and Kevin starred in and helped produce the three films, including South African Alan Shelley's A Spirit of a Denture, which was given a red carpet premiere in Johannesburg.

The 26-year-old Cape Town writer-director's movie is about a workaholic dentist who gets a visit from a pirate.

Kevin recently starred in Inseparable, by Chinese-American director Dayyan Eng. In the movie, which was filmed in China, Kevin plays an American expat who befriends a Chinese man played by Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu who is bogged down by work and marital problems.

"There is no doubt that as you start to look around the world, you start to look at the Asia-Pacific region, you start to look at what's happening here, you look at what's happening in European cinema, there's a lot going on," Kevin said in Johannesburg.

Kevin, who is artistic director at London's Old Vic Theatre, added: "I like the idea of going to as many places as possible and (having) as many experiences as you can."

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