Film director to give talk at Mandela screening

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Buckingham’s independent cinema, The Film Place, has a very special screening on Friday, March 7.

At 7.30pm, Justin Chadwick, director of the acclaimed biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, will introduce a screening of his film. Padbury resident Mr Chadwick will also take part in a question and answer session afterwards.

Nelson Mandela died quietly at home in Johannesburg in December, just as dignitaries were gathering for the royal premiere of this epic account of his extraordinary life.

The film chronicles Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Mr Chadwick, who is a great supporter of The Film Place, did a similar introduction and Q&A session in 2011 at a screening of his previous film, The First Grader.

Naomie Harries, who had a starring role in The First Grader has since won plaudits for her performance as Winnie Mandela in this movie.

Mr Chadwick spoke to the Advertiser about making the film and meeting Mandela.

“I had tea with him at his home just before we started filming, just before his 94th birthday,” he said.

“He was very well, very bright. He was just this ball of energy to be around.

“He was just inspiring. He was such a warm person. The energy radiated off him.”

The film had the blessing of Mandela and his family.

Mandela’s daughters were “over the moon” at the casting of Idris Elba in the title role, said Mr Chadwick.

“They were incredibly supportive of the cast we put together for the film,” he said.

“We had this amazing access to the men and women who were part of the struggle.

“I feel very lucky to have been involved with the movie. I’ve loved every second of it.”

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