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1Madik­izela-Mandela Naomie Har­ris did the most with the role of Win­nie

in 2013’s Long Walk to Free­dom, op­po­site Idris Elba. The film, made by Bri­tish di­rec­tor Justin Chad­wick, starred the who’s who of South Africa’s act­ing tal­ent, but again the two big leads went to for­eign­ers. That aside, both ac­tors scored a thumbs up from film­go­ers. 2di­rec­tor Jen­nifer Hud­son was Win­nie in South African

Dar­rell Roodt’s 2011 film, Win­nie Mandela. It caused an up­roar: firstly, for fea­tur­ing Ter­rence Howard as Nel­son Mandela and Hud­son, both for­eign­ers; se­condly, it got the thumbs down from the woman her­self. Although Hud­son was still rid­ing high on her Os­car win for Dream­girls when she landed the part, she does not have the act­ing chops for a role like this. 3made-for-TV So­phie Okonedo played Win­nie for BBC4’s 2010

movie, Mrs Mandela. We have no idea how good or bad Okonedo was, as this film is nowhere to be found. It was screened three times on Chan­nel 4 in Eng­land and, since then, seems to have ended up in a view­ing black hole. It is not even for rent on the site of the chan­nel that made it. 4Good­bye Faith Nduk­wana starred as Win­nie in 2007’s

Bafana, about Nel­son Mandela’s re­la­tion­ship with his prison guard. In the film, Den­nis Hays­bert por­trays Mandela and Joseph Fi­ennes is the guard, James Gre­gory. The film was nom­i­nated for the Berlin Film Fes­ti­val’s Golden Bear. 5 Tina Lif­ford, best known for her work in TV shows such as South Cen­tral, starred as Win­nie in the 1997 film Mandela & De Klerk. The film starred Sid­ney Poitier and Michael Caine as the two leads, and was well re­ceived, gar­ner­ing a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion for Caine. 6 Al­fre Woodard played Win­nie in 1987’s pre­demo­cratic film, Mandela, which starred Danny Glover as Nel­son Mandela. The film, made for US tele­vi­sion, earned Glover an Emmy nom­i­na­tion. Its other no­table star was John Mat­shik­iza, who played Wal­ter Sisulu. –

Gayle Ed­munds


MAKE IT STOP SLAY­ING Su­per­model Naomi Camp­bell went for an el­e­gant black gown that showed off her en­vi­able fig­ure. A sim­ple dress, but ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful on her. EL­E­GANT Ac­tress and mu­si­cian Jen­nifer Hud­son’s red-and­black boob tube dress was ... okay. It does what it needs to do, and that’s noth­ing par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing.


OVER­SEAS KU­DOS Faith Nduk­wana took on the man­tle of Win­nie in 2007

PRE-DEMOC­RACY Al­fre Woodard co-starred with Danny Glover

DISAPPEARING ACT Bri­tish thes­pian So­phie Okonedo’s work can­not be found

LIM­ITED RANGE US singer and ac­tress Jen­nifer Hud­son as the ma­tri­arch

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