Stars shine at Mandela film premier

JOHANNESBURG - British actor Idris Elba arrived at the premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at The Zone in Rosebank, north of Johannesburg on Sunday evening.

Security rushed the actor through the crowd into a private area for Elba, who plays Madiba.

Film-critic Barry Ronge, who has already seen the film, found the film amazing.

"I thought it was amazing because it was all shot in a studio in Cape Town... Not for a second did I think it was a set."

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele walked the red carpet in an emerald green maxi-dress.

Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, wore an ivory and gold flowing dress.

Tony Kgoroge, who plays ANC stalwart Walter Sisulu, wore a well-fitting blue suit.

The film&39;s producer Anant Singh said that when the former president gave him rights to the film he told him "Don&39;t worry, don&39;t bother me, I trust you".

Mandela&39;s grandsons Ndaba and Mbuso Mandela were also dressed in a classic white shirt and black suits.

President Jacob Zuma, who sent a message of welcome, said the film would show the country&39;s history to the world.

Mandela&39;s former wife, Madikizela-Mandela, was dressed in traditional Xhosa dress.

She congratulated Singh and Harris for translating emotions "that were not easy to translate at the time".

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba also attended the premiere.

One of Africa&39;s richest men, Patrice Motsepe was there with his wife Precious. They wore black and gold outfits.