MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
At Cinemas 28th November
Summerhill CEOAnant Singh’s masterpiece is not only powerful theatre, it’s a considerable work of scholarship. This movie will travel, and while I can’t claim to be a critic of any stature at all, I must say it’s up there with the most memorable I’ve seen. Besides Anant’s genius in condensing what could easily have been a ten part mini-series into a couple of hours of riveting entertainment, the cinematography was outstanding, and of course, there was abundant sentiment for those of us who live in the Midlands, in the beautiful Drakensberg scenery. Any South African who cares about this country and searches for an explanation for our complexities, has to see it. You know us as proud South Africans, but it should be said, South Africa can be really proud of the Videovision team; nothing of this calibre has seen the light in this country before. The Summerhill team takes great pride in knowing you, Anant and Vanashree, and in being able to call you our friends.
Barry Ronge doesn’t give “tens”, but at 9/10, he came close enough. Our score, unbiased and untainted by precedent, is an unqualified ten!
Cheryl and I have been lucky in our lives. Not only for what we do and where we do it, but especially for the friends we have, the people we work with and the creatures we’re privileged to raise. Among our good friends are the Singhs, high-flyers, movers-and-shakers and above all, movie-makers extraordinaire.
The word’s out that I’ve been down with a bit of tick-bite fever, but for “Mandela” (the movie,) there could be no pretence about “death beds”. Whatever it took, we were going to make the premiere of our pal’s magnum opus, even if that meant risking the most dire consequences; at least I can say now, “I was there!”
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