And how Apartheid was brought down in South Africa.
Creative Culture attended the TV preview screening of Endgame on Tuesday 21 April which was organised by The British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) in London.
The film, directed by Peter Travis, depicts the 5 years preceding the end of Apartheid in South Africa which was officialised the day Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in 1990.
Based on a true story, Travis unveils the secret talks and negotiations undertaken by Michael Young, a British businessman who wanted to secure his company’s future by ensuring political and economical stability in South Africa. He brought together powerful and opposing players of the divided nation. Amongst them, Professor Esterhuyse, an influential Afrikaner, and Thabo Mbeki, a leading member of the ANC (African National Congress) who was to become President of South Africa a few years later.
In this captivating political thriller, we follow the evolution of the secret negotiations taking place in Somerset, England, along with the political chaos, violence and corruption which ruled in South Africa at the time.
This piece of work is extremely interesting from a cultural perspective as it reveals a very important historical event which has influenced South Africa’s identity as it stands today. It approaches the subject with subtlety and fairness. Not at any instance is your judgement biased or influenced and rightly so, the film never questions who is right or who is wrong. But the one point that is made is that communication and understanding are the key to solving even the strongest political conflicts.
The film was put together in close collaboration with Michael Young who wanted to ensure the story would be revealed to the general public is the most accurate and fair way. Michael Young was present at the screening and participated to a very interesting Q&A session with other guests such as Paula Milne, the writer, Her Excellency Lindiwe Mabuza, the South African High Commissioner and Peter Travis.
We highly recommend this movie which will be broadcasted in the UK on Channel 4 on 4 May 2009.
Cultural and historical learnings as well as a human lesson. A beautiful cast.
By Melanie Chevalier