Filming with Attenborough: The Making of Cry Freedom

Donald Woods, Author Henry Holt & Company $0 (163p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0661-2
In 1977, because of his efforts to force South African authorities to hold an inquest into the death of Steve Biko, a black consciousness leader, journalist Woods (then editor of South Africa's East London Dispatch) was declared a banned person. Disguised as a priest, he escaped to England. Cry Freedom, Attenborough's upcoming film adaptation of two books by Woods (Biko and Asking for Trouble), was shot in Zimbabwe last year with Denzel Washington (A Soldier's Story) as Biko and Kevin Kline (Sophie's Choice) portraying Woods. Woods, who hopes the movie will communicate the ""depths of horror'' of apartheid, was closely involved in the filming as technical consultant and here provides intimate glimpses of Attenborough, the cast and crew at both the Zimbabwe locations and London's Shepperton Studios. Woods's reactions to witnessing a re-creation of his own life are juxtaposed with decade-old memories of the real eventsa technique that has considerable impact. Photos unseen by PW. (November)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
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