THE movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, based on former President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, drew much bigger crowds than other movies being screened at a Bloemfontein cinema complex.
The film premiered in South Africa on 28 November. According to a ticket sales report it was by far the most popular film at the Loch Logan cinema complex in Bloemfontein for the first two weeks.
At the movie’s London premier on 5 December the film’s producer, Anant Singh, took the stage during the closing credits to inform patrons of Mandela’s passing. A moment of silence was also held.
Lead actress Naomie Harris received two nominations in the 34th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards for her role as Winnie Mandela. The nominations are for Supporting Actress Of The Year and British Actress Of The Year.
The awards are voted for by the UK’s longest standing and most prestigious critical organization, which has 140 members who between them see every one of the hundreds of films released in the UK each year.
“We congratulate Naomie on receiving these two nominations from the UK’s foremost organisation of film critics. This is really a massive achievement, well-deserved and very exciting,” said producer, Anant Singh.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, with local actors such as Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett, and Deon Lotz. Music is composed by Alex Heffes with Music Contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Blondie Makhene and Dizu Plaatjies.