Principal shooting started this week in Cape Town on Threes Anna's The Bird Can't Fly - the first Dutch-South African co-production.

The $2.3m (Euros 2m) flm is a co-production between Dutch 24FPS Features, (lead producer Anton Scholten), South African IMG-films and Irish Borderline Productions.

Investors have come from the Netherlands, including the Dutch Film Fund, and South Africa, including the IDC Bank.

American actress Barbara Hershey stars as a middle-aged woman who discovers she is to be a grandmother after her daughter dies. She wants to raise the black grandchild by herself and has to fight her rights with the natural father.

The feature also stars South African actor John Kani.

Shooting is will continue until December. The production should be released internationally autumn 2007.