Preview Screening: Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom + Q&A
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Bill Nicholson chaired by the BBC’s Audrey Brown.
An epic film version of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, adapted by Bill Nicholson, tells the story from his childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, it tells story of an ordinary man who rose to the challenge of his times and triumphed – an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.
The film is the largest South African production ever mounted, and was made with the full support and endorsement of Mr Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. South African producer Anant Singh spent 16 years developing the film before it began shooting in May 2012. Thousands of South Africans participated in the making of the film, both behind and in front of the camera.
Directed by Justin Chadwick