People attending the London premiere of a new film about Nelson Mandela were told of his death as the closing credits rolled, reported Associated Press.
Stopping the screening of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” was discussed, but Mandela’s daughters asked that the premiere continue, a film spokesman said Thursday night.
Producer Anant Singh announced Mandela’s death once the film was over, and he called for a moment of silence.
The audience included the film’s stars and Prince William and his wife, Kate.
“It was extremely sad and tragic news,” William said upon leaving the film.
Zindzi Mandela, Mandela’s daughter, also was there. When asked on the red carpet on her way into the premiere about her father, she had said, “My father is fine.”
Nelson Mandela was 95.
The North American rights for the film were acquired by the Weinstein brothers’ The Weinstein Company (TWC). Apart from Long walk to freedom, the Weinstein brotherrs and prroducer Anant Singh have also colaborated on Sarafina, Cry the beloved country and other films.
“I am extremely passionate about Mandela: Long walk to freedom,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “Anant Singh first gave the book to me in 1994, when the first edition came out. We have been talking about making this film since 1999. There have been a number of stop and goes, but sometimes things work out for a reason, and Anant Singh has done a masterful job in producing this epic story of our times. Through Anant and Bob De Niro, I met Nelson Mandela, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.”