MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM celebrates Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as President of South Africa. It explores the Mandela unknown to most of the world – the lover of fancy cars, a ladies’ man, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skilful lawyer and freedom fighter. The film is an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.
Director, Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) helms a screenplay penned by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter William Nicholson whose other acclaimed screenwriting work includes Shadowlands, Gladiator and, Les Miserables.
Multiple award-winning actor, Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther, Prometheus, Pacific Rim and Thor), plays the role of Nelson Mandela, with Naomie Harris (The First Grader, Skyfall) as Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The stellar South African cast is headlined by Tony Kgoroge (Invictus), Riaad Moosa (Material), Fana Mokoena (World War Z, Machine Gun Preacher), Jamie Bartlett (Beyond Borders), Deon Lotz (Skoonheid, Sleeper’s Wake), Simo Mogwaza (District 9), Terry Pheto (Tsotsi), Thapelo Mokoena (Nothing For Mahala), and Praise Singer and Poet of the Nation, Zolani Mkiva, who rose to fame as the praise-singer at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994.
"A performance for the ages" Anton Bitel, Film4