Free-to-air films

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air -

With the new ex­hi­bi­tion Man­dela My Life show­ing in Mel­bourne, two ger­mane films have ap­peared on the tele­vi­sion sched­ule: Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom (Satur­day, 9.40pm, GEM) and The Power of One (Satur­day, 7pm, GEM). The lat­ter is based on the book by Bryce Courte­nay. The for­mer is a film di­rected by Justin Chad­wick. When I spoke to the Bri­tish film­maker a few years ago, he told me the script went through an ex­traor­di­nary 34 drafts across a 16 years. “What to in­clude, and what not to, was the hard­est part of the process,” he said. “It was only when we found the heart of the film — the cen­tral love story about love, for­give­ness and the cost to the man, his re­la­tion­ships and to his chil­dren — that the film re­ally took shape.” He also said that cast­ing Idris Elba in the ti­tle role was an ob­vi­ous choice; like many, he’d been a fan of Elba since The Wire. With more than 10,000 in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the pro­duc­tion, the re­sults have been de­scribed as the big­gest African movie made. Also this week, 2008 James Bond film Quan­tum of So­lace (Mon­day, 8.40pm, Nine) airs again. It’s a kind of ex­tended re­venge epic, which con­cludes with the most ma­li­cious use of a can of oil I re­call see­ing in film.

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