Green Door, Shine prep “Mandela, My Dad and Me”

A documentary copro by UK indies Woodcut Media and Shine North and South African prodco Green Door Pictures is to center on actor Idris Elba (pictured) and the musical pursuits inspired by his research for the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
March 10, 2015

A documentary copro from UK indies Green Door Pictures, Woodcut Media and Shine North is to center on actor Idris Elba (pictured) and the musical pursuits inspired by his research for the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Titled Mandela, My Dad and Me, the hour-long doc will focus on Elba’s 2013 musical album ‘mi Mandela,’ which came about after his time researching and portraying Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom as well as the loss of the actor’s father. The doc – directed by Daniel Vernon – presents the actor working on the album as well as promoting the film.

According to a release from Green Door Pictures: “The film they had originally intended to create was centered on the recording of the album, but has since evolved into something deeper due to the loss of [Elba's] father and the personal journey through grief that Elba happened to be embarking on at that time.”

As previously reported, Shine North partnered with Elba’s prodco Green Door Pictures in May 2014 for a factual copro deal covering the UK and international markets.

Executive producers on the doc include Elba and Nicholas Yearwood for Green Door Pictures, Derren Lawford from Woodcut Media, and Alex Connock and Rick Murray from Shine North, as well as Jeremy Lee.

Mandela, My Dad and Me is co-financed by Green Door Pictures and media advisory firm Bob & Co. It is to be distributed by Content Media.

“Green Door Pictures are delighted with the results of almost a year of filming,” said Nicholas Yearwood, head of development at Green Door Pictures, in a statement. “Daniel Vernon’s film perfectly captures Idris’ personal and professional challenges, whilst he tackled arguably the most iconic and important role of his career.”

Alex Connock, managing director at Shine North, added: “What we love about this film is that it’s full-on celebrity access, but without the sugar coating. It’s just real life: incredibly watchable, musical and moving. We’re delighted to have been involved in it across our slate of factual projects with Idris.”

The film will have a premiere screening at the British Film Institute in London on April 7.

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