A film crew spent the day recently filming at the coffee shop in my work building. Actor John Malkovich spent much of the day inside, but by the time I heard about it and poked my camera in the general direction, he didn't appear to be there.
The film is called Disgrace, and is based on the Booker prize-winning novel by J.M. Coetzee, who migrated to Australia in 2002, and who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003. It is set in post-apartheid South Africa, and is a pretty disturbing and bleak and cheerless portrait of contemporary conditions there.
Interiors are being shot in Surry Hills, and the rest of the film in South Africa.