Only a handful of South African actors have played Nelson Mandela on the screen – big or small.
Names that immediately spring to mind include Lindani Nkosi, who portrays the anti-apartheid activist in the 1950s in the movie Drum (2004), based on the life and times of investigative journalist Henry “Mr Drum” Nxumalo.
There’s also Tumisho Masha in Mandela’s Gun (2016), about the Nelson Mandela of the early 1960s who was disillusioned with civil disobedience and decided to take up the armed struggle.
An Act of Defiance: The Bram Fischer Story (2017) is a biopic of anti-apartheid activist, lawyer and communist Bram Fischer.
It highlights the Nelson Mandela of the Rivonia Trial (1963-64) and explores the relationship between the two.