D Films and Mr. Will Wong are thrilled to give Readers a chance to win the eagerly-awaited WINNIE on DVD/Blu-ray! See for yourself Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson‘s stellar performance which drew raves at TIFF ’12!
WINNIE is inspired by the life of Winnie Mandela, one of the World’s most captivating and inspiring Women. Darrell Roodt, Paul Johnson & André Pieterse wrote this heartfelt screenplay based on the Book Winnie Mandela – A Life by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob. The Film was subsequently produced by Michael Mosca of Equinoxe Films and by André Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films.
This intimate, in-depth and unbiased Film takes the Audience on a remarkable journey of understanding Winnie Mandela, exploring both her personal and political life. Through her fierce determination and dauntless courage, Winnie Mandela survived her Husband’s imprisonment, continuous harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary confinement – all the while keeping the name of Nelson Mandela alive. A sensitive and balanced portrayal, the Film nevertheless thoroughly investigates and honestly examines the controversies that dogged Winnie Mandela in recent years.
I honestly don’t believe my luck! Anyone who knows me well will know about my v. public J-Hud Obsession phase, which had me seeing Dreamgirls at the theatre seven times, not to mention the giant Poster on my wall, Fridge Magnets, Postcards, Deluxe Edition Soundtrack, Three-Disc Limited Edition DVD. The Mania went even further as I went on a mission to snatch-up every Magazine Cover featuring her during her Oscar Campaign. You name it, I had it. Things got so bad for a while that I stopped supporting Beyoncé (we’re okay again), her on-screen Nemesis. Jennifer Hudson for a good 18 months was my Female Alter-ego.
And you can just imagine how devastated I was last year when she couldn’t make her Premiere at TIFF 2011 for WINNIE, which has her portraying Winnie Mandela! It still was v. cool however, meeting her Co-Star Terrence Howard!
Today was my lucky day as I took Billy on a stroll through Yorkville at Lunchtime to notice an Escalade parked uncharacteristically right in-front of Nervosa Trattoria. Noticing the window was rolled a third-down, right before my eyes I saw the Oscar and GRAMMY Winner. Within moments, she came out of the Car with her Handler, amazingly nice to come over to stop for a Photo. Even in casual mode, she looked stunning – proudly sporting that amazing improved physique!
Hudson is in-town for two reasons: she appears tomorrow at Air Canada Centre, performing at We Day – celebrating inspiration and global change among Youth – and on Saturday, she makes her way to historic Fort York to perform at Bliss Ball, in support of SickKids‘ Patient Amenities Fund. A big Heart to match that big Voice.
Make no mistake though, the Chicago Native actually knows Toronto real well. She Tweeted yesterday, “On my way to Canada !! Toronto is my old stomping ground. It’s like home. I’m excited.”.
And while we’re on the topic, WINNIE also happens to open in theatres on Friday, October 5, 2012. I am hosting a Giveaway for Tickets along with D Films and District PR for Passes across Canada. Enter here.
D Films, Distict PR & Mr. Will Wong want to give Readers a chance to see an Advance Screening of WINNIE, on Thursday, October 4, 2012 across Canada. Screenings will take place in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
With its Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Academy Award®-Winner Jennifer Hudson and Academy Award®-Nominee Terrence Howard star in WINNIE, the untold love story of Winnie and Nelson Mandela. Acclaimed Director Darrell J. Roodt (Cry, The Beloved Country and Yesterday) reveals Winnie Mandela‘s remarkable Journey amidst the turbulent decades of her Husband Nelson‘s Imprisonment. Notwithstanding her own incarceration and torture, her fierce courage in the face of personal and political turmoil show her unfaltering commitment to her Husband’s dream of equality for their people. WINNIE is an epic, often heart-wrenching voyage toward understanding one of the World’s most remarkable and enigmatic Women.
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