Mandela epic

via Mandela epic sweeps Toronto film fest off its feet | Arts and Culture | Film | Mail & Guardian  10 SEP 2013 06:45 SAPA

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, due out in SA in November, has received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the film about the life of former president Nelson Mandela, received standing ovations and rave reviews when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.

“The film received an unprecedented eight-minute standing ovation coupled with a rapturous applause at the festival venue, the Roy Thomson Hall, resulting in social media platforms buzzing with praise for the film,” the producers said in a statement on Monday.

Producer Anant Singh, who owns the rights to the autobiography on which the film is based, said the making of film was a long journey.

“I am delighted that I finally got it done. It has been worth the wait and also worth all of the hard work that went into it over all of those years.”

With a script written by writer and screenwriter William Nicholson – who has written Sarafina!, Les Misérables and Gladiator – this adaptation of Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom is said to be an “epic sweep” in the film industry.

Singh began communicating with Mandela while he was still in prison and acquired the rights to the autobiography in 1996.

The film features Idris Elba, who plays Mandela; the UK’s Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean) as the struggle activist’s wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela; and South African actors Terry Pheto (Tsotsi, Catch a Fire); Carl Beukes (Isidingo, Jozi) and Gys de Villiers (Verraaiers, Binnelanders), to name a few.

The film will be released in South Africa in November and thereafter released to the rest of the world. – Sapa



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    Can’t wait to see it! Mandela is such an inspiring figure – unlike Mugabe who was just greedy and malevolent.

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    Diego Zhaba 11 years ago

    A true statesman. We draw a lot of inspiration this African icon, Nelson Mandela.You are a true HERO. God bless.

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    MikeH 11 years ago


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    chimedzanemburungwe 11 years ago

    a real hero cant wait to see it