24 Jan Winnie Mandela, The Biopic
The upcoming film Winnie Mandela follows the remarkable journey of Winnie from her strict rural upbringing, leading up to and throughout the turbulent and trying decades of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment.
The story (starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard) highlights Winnie’s unwavering courage in the face of personal and political turmoil, as she remained ever-committed to her husband’s dream of equality for the people of South Africa. Revealing the untold love story of Winnie and Nelson Mandela, the film is an “often heart-wrenching voyage toward understanding one of the world’s most remarkable and enigmatic women.”
Directed by acclaimed South African director Darrell Roodt, Winnie Mandela has proved to be a truly local project with a significant amount of South African effort having gone into its production. Together with André Pieterse, Roodt co-wrote the screenplay based on Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. Filming took place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Transkei and Robben Island.
Most recently, Cape Town based creative Philip Erasmus was tasked by Ma-Afrika Films to edit the music video for the Winnie Mandela title track “Bleed for Love” – a song performed by Jennifer Hudson and the Soweto Gospel Choir.
Of the experience, Erasmus says the following: “The task was really intimidating. Knowing that Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and the legendary American songwriter Diane Warren are going to be evaluating your work can be unsettling. I am just happy that they were pleased with the end result. It has been a great honour to work on an international project like this, and I am really grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by South African film veteran André Pieterse. I am just happy that they were pleased with the end result.”
Watch the music video below:
Winnie Mandela is scheduled for release in South Africa on Friday 7 March 2014.
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