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.