This film chronicles Nelson Mandela's journey from his childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Here's the link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_lgsgKgKE
The film's reviews seem to range from good through excellent to superb, so its recent nominations for 3 Golden Globes are likely to be the first of many. It's a big personal and political story of a complex character in a nasty freedom fight, so it was never going to be easy to satisfy everyone's vision but I think however you look at it, this film is unmissable; he was very widely admired as one of the greatest leaders of the last century and the film is based on his autobiography.
One thing the critics do agree on is that the lead performances of London born and based actors Idris Elba and Naomi Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela are extremely good. Idris Elba who plays Nelson Mandela is an East End boy made good - very good in fact. Born in Hackney and schooled in Canning Town, Elba is best known for playing a drug lord in The Wire and Detective John Luther in BBC1's "Luther" for which he has already collected a Golden Globe. Naomie Harris has played lots of good and serious parts too - but her starriest so far may have been Moneypenny in the last Bond film, Skyfall!
Although the film depicts a painful struggle, it is a very uplifting story too, just the thing when contemplating a new year.
Oh - that reminds me - Happy New 2014 to you all! :-)
I know it's short notice - but you know how it is with movies - you never know how long they'll be there.
We might go for a drink afterwards at the George nearby - if you can't make the film but would like to come for a drink after the film, post a comment on the meetup page.