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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to get Royal Film Performance


Story by Jack Foley

MANDELA: Long Walk To Freedom has been chosen as this year’s Royal Film Performance in London on December 5, 2013.

The film stars British actor and Luther favourite Idris Elba plays Mandela and chronicles Mandela’s early life as a lawyer, his political activism and the 27 years of imprisonment that preceded his democratic election in 1994.

Early scenes in the film show him as a womaniser who was violent to his first wife, Evelyn.

Naomie Harris co-stars as Mandela’s second wife, Winnie.

The film received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last month and was greeted with mixed reviews. But Elba praised it for having the courage to show both sides of Mandela’s character – “the good and the bad”.

Anne Bennett, the president of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, said: “We are thrilled to be able to host the Royal Premiere of this momentous South African/British co-production.”

She added that the fund was “most grateful to the Royal Family for their continued support” of the charity.

The Royal Film Performance is the main fundraiser for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the trade charity for the UK film and television industries, which provides care and financial help for industry employees and their families who suffer from hardship due to bereavement, illness, redundancy or other misfortunes.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be released in UK cinemas on January 3, 2014.

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