WHO’S IN IT?
Idris Elba (Pacific Rim), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Tony Kgoroge (Invictus), Terry Pheto (Tsotsi), Riaad Moosa (Material), Zolani Mkiva (film debut), Simo Mogwaza (District 9), Fana Mokoena (World War Z), Jamie Bartlett (Beyond Borders), Deon Lotz (Beauty)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), director; William Nicholson (Les Miserables), writer; Anant Singh (I Capture The Castle), producer; Alex Heffes (The Last King of Scotland), composer; Lol Crawley (Four Lions), cinematographer; Rick Russell (44 Inch Chest), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Based on his autobiography of the same name, the film examines the early years of Nelson Mandela (Elba) including his stint as an activist within a suppressed South African government, his 27 year imprisonment and subsequent freedom, and his rise to power as President wherein he would rebuild the segregated society…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
With the former South African President himself having passed away last month, with the whole world at his feet in awe, now is never a more perfect time to revisit the origins of one of the most influential figures of our time with this new biopic, anchored by an emotional lead performance by Idris Elba and a screenplay adapted from his best-selling autobiography that took the world by storm.