Watch It: In­vic­tus (Di­rec­tor Clint East­wood, 2009)

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With Hot Press turn­ing to the rugby pitch for this is­sue, our film pick to round off the week­end is In­vic­tus, the clas­sic that’s con­sid­ered one of the best de­pic­tions of the sport to grace the sil­ver screen. Mor­gan Free­man plays Nel­son Man­dela as he tries to unite his di­vided peo­ple fol­low­ing the re­cent col­lapse of apartheid. As the Spring­boks rep­re­sented white South Africans, part of Man­dela’s task was cre­at­ing a racially in­te­grated team to sym­bol­ise a united South Africa, as they bid to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup in their home coun­try. To­gether with team cap­tain Fran­cois Pieenar (Matt Da­mon), Man­dela grad­u­ally brings the na­tion to­gether in sup­port of the team’s en­deav­ours. Skil­fully di­rected by East­wood, In­vic­tus com­pellingly doc­u­ments the re­mark­able twists and turns of South Africa’s ’95 cam­paign. The film earned both Free­man and Da­mon Os­car and Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions in 2010, with Free­man also scoop­ing the Best Ac­tor gong at the African-Amer­i­can Film Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Awards. Thor­oughly en­gross­ing, In­vic­tus is full of in­spir­ing po­etic speeches to get you off the couch and onto the pitch. Al­most.

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