Major movie on Mandela begins production in June

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Robben Island off Cape Town where many of South Africa's liberation heroes were jailed for decades will be converted into a giant movie set in June to film a Mandela story, "Goodbye, Bafana.
" Filming on the former prison island of the 155-million rand (20 million US dollar) movie on former President Nelson Mandela and the white warder who guarded him, James Gregory, will start in six weeks.
"Goodbye, Bafana" is based on Gregory's best selling book which described how the warder got to know and understand Mandela during his imprisonment and how Mandela exposed the futility of racial oppression.
Mandela spent 18 years of his 28-year imprisonment on Robben Island.
Film Afrika is co-producing the film, which is being directed by award- winning Dane Bille August and is due to be released in 2007.
"Tsotsi" star Terry Pheto will play Mandela's daughter Zinzi, while Joseph Fiennes, who starred as William Shakespeare in "Shakespeare in Love," will play Gregory.
Dennis Haysbert will star as Mandela, while musician Johnny Clegg has been asked to write a theme song for the movie.

02 may 2006 10:07:00

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