The businessman who paid for the sign says it will be replaced with one that has the right image. Perhaps the billboard’s designer got confused because Freeman portrayed Mandela in the 2009 movie Invictus . As you might expect, a photo of the botched billboard has been whipping around Twitter . Freeman has inadvertently been part of such a mix-up before.
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‘MANDELA – Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation’: Oscar Nominated Documentary Film to Be Released on iTunes on December 20 ’13
Produced by Jonathan Demme, Edward Saxon and Peter Saraf, MANDELA, Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation was directed for Island Pictures by Jo Menell and Angus Gibson and was originally released in 1996. It was executive produced by Chris Blackwell and Dan Genetti. The filmmakers amassed over 200 hours of location footage and interviews over seven months, which was later augmented by over 100 hours of extraordinary archival footage. The film is the only official documentary film biography of Nelson Mandela. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Film in 1997.
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Africa Check: The Mandela movie
Dated 9 December 2013, it stated that 11,721 South Africans were employed during the production of the film. Of that number, 668 crew members were employed for an average period of 30 weeks at a gross cost of R50,586,051. On average, each person therefore received a total of R75,728. Another 131 people, described as cast members, were employed for an average of 18 weeks at a cost of R5,371,226. That works out to an average payment of R41,002 per person. A further 10,922 people were employed as extras with an average period of employment of two days at a gross cost of R4,790,245. This is an average of R439 per person. Most jobs were temporary’ Naidoo added that [t]hese figures are direct employment figures and do not include indirect jobs via Supplier Agreements[an average] of 20 catering staff supplied by the catering company [were] not included as we paid the Catering Company and they in turn paid the catering staff. He said the same was true of other services used during the production. Figures provided to Africa Check by the Department of Trade and Industry of the number of people employed during the making of the film differed slightly from those provided by Naidoo to the NEF. According to the department, 12,268 people were employed in various capacities during the making of the film including 11,844 extras, 130 cast, 249 crew, 28 creative personnel and 17 people from a special purpose vehicle company. The department conceded, in response to Africa Check’s questions, that most of the jobs were temporary. Conclusion The film did not sustain’ 12,000 jobs over two years The National Empowerment Fund’s claim that the film sustained 12,000 jobs over a two year period was false. Nearly 11,000 of those employed were employed for just two days each and paid around R439.
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