November 28, 2013
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Opens in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
It’s been a long time coming but finally the biographical drama, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will open at Cape Town’s top cinemas on Thursday 28 November, 2013.
Starring Hollywood hunk Idris Elba (award-winning actor of The Wire, Luther, Prometheus, Pacific Rim and Thor) as our beloved Madiba, the movie celebrates the extraordinary life of this globally loved icon, through his early life as a herd boy to the challenges , familial sacrifices and hard-won victories he endured to become South Africa’s first democratic president.
Our Father of the Nation spent most of his 27 year incarnation on the iconic Robben Island, often looking out at the spectacular view of Table Mountain and made his first public appearance post his 1990 release at Cape Town’s City Hall, which are featured in the movie.
Elba is supported by a brilliant cast including Naomie Harris (The First Grader, Skyfall) stars as Mandela’s now ex-wife Winnie Winnie Madikizela Mandela and local comedian Riaad Moosa makes his dramatic turn as fellow inmate and ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada.
Based on his autobiography, this blockbuster is Tata Madiba as you’ve never seen him before: lover of fancy cars, a ladies’ man, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skilful lawyer and freedom fighter.
Check out the trailer for the film below:
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and producer by Anant Singh, is one of several films made over the past several years, depicting key moments in South African history and starring Tinseltown’s finest, including Invictus, based on the1995 Rugby World Cup drama.