Magazine article Screen International

Mandela's Death Confirmed during UK Premiere of Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Mandela's Death Confirmed during UK Premiere of Biopic

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Two minutes of silence observed during Royal Film Performance.

The tragic news of Nelson Mandela's death at the age of 95 was confirmed as the Royal Film Performance 2013 of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was coming to a close in London's Leicester Square on Thursday night.

Two minutes of silence were observed at the end of the screening.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the charity premiere alongside director Justin Chadwick, stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris and Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi.

The film, which premiered in Toronto, has recent broken box-office records in South Africa.

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the film's US distributor The Weinstein Company, issued a statement shortly afterwards.

"One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalise those who have made a profound impact on humanity," said Weinstein. …

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