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Critics heap praise on ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

South Africa’s most anticipated film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom will hit cinema screens throughout the country tomorrow (28 November 2013).  The film has received rave reviews  from diverse range of critics in South Africa.

You Magazine said, ‘this is one movie all South Africans should see’; SABC Radio called the film ‘South Africa’s Gandhi…a gem with powerful performances’; Cape Talk said that the film was ‘well portrayed’; the film focused website, Spling said the film is ‘grand, epic and sprawling’; True Love declared, ‘the film is amazing and a true depiction of the times…breath taking…emotionally moving’; The Sandton Chronicle stated, ‘It’s a beautiful story, beautifully told’; Mango Juice Magazine said the film is ‘Brilliant, powerful, poignant, emotional’; The Times said ‘Fabulous…the leads were superb’the arts website, Arts Comments said, ‘This movie will go on to become a true classic’; Salon Privé Magazine said, ‘The film is a true masterpiece!’; The Sunday Sun stated ‘No words can express how amazing it is, people need to go watch it’; 5FM called the film ‘Excellent’; Spliced Magazine said, ‘Beautifully made film.  Emotional and powerful’;  Edgars Magazine said the film was an ‘Oscar-worthy must-see’; Jet Magazine said the film was ‘very moving and grand – the stuff that blockbusters are made of’; Huisgenoot Magazine stated, ‘definitely one of the best local films ever made which will inspire, inform and make movie-goers proud’; 3 Talk’s Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu said, ‘A truly spectacular movie. It is undoubtedly the movie Madiba would be most proud of.’ and Barry Ronge said the film is ‘excellent…impeccably told and powerfully acted’, giving the film a 9/10 rating.

Anant Singh commented, “We are encouraged by the enthusiastic response from the critics and the audiences who watched the film at the previews this past weekend. The positive reviews serves as affirmation of the efforts of the tens of thousands involved in the film.  We also are honoured to be releasing Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in South Africa first, before anywhere else in the world. I would like to convey my special thanks to Madiba for entrusting me with the rights to his amazing story.”

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom will be released at cinemas across South Africa on Thursday, 28 November 2013.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an Anant Singh presentation of a Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathe, Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa and National Empowerment Fund. The film stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett and Deon Lotz. Music is composed by Alex Heffes with Music Contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Blondie Makhene and Dizu Plaatjies.  Co-Producers are Robert Naidoo, Brian Cox, Vlokkie Gordon, Hlengiwe Makhathini with Executive Producers Cameron McCracken, François Ivernel,  Geoffrey Qhena, Basil Ford, Philisiwe Mthethwa, Harvey Weinstein, Sudhir Pragjee and  Sanjeev Singh, and  Producer for Origin Pictures is David M. Thompson.  The film is produced by Anant Singh, based on Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ with the screenplay by William Nicholson and is directed by Justin Chadwick.

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