Goodbye Bafana

Goodbye Bafana

Goodbye Bafana
Based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard, this drama tells the story of James Gregory (Fiennes), a typical white Afrikaaner whose ability to speak Xhosa makes him an ideal choice to become the warden in charge of 'terrorist' Mandela (Haysbert).

Through his two decade relationship with Mandela, however, Gregory's allegiance gradually shifts from the racist government to the struggle for a free South Africa.
2008118 minsSouth AfricaEnglish/Xhosa
Drama

Reviews & comments

Review

Nelson Mandela is one of those iconic figures who create history and, needless to say, attract attention. Hangers-on, flunkies, groupies – you name it, he'll have them. One of those riding the gravy train was his old prison guard, James Gregory. This ordinary white South African chump saw an opportunity to profit from Mr Mandela's 27-year incarceration and...

1.0
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

press

The life of a prison guard is dull, no matter who is in the cell. Director Bille August makes what he can of this material, always holding our interest but never fulfilling the promise of a close encounter with one of the 20th century's most controversial leaders.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Fascinating story about Nelson Mandela's prison years is too drawn-out to engage.

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Interesting story and OK performances but this takes a little time to warm up.

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

In the role of Mandela, Dennis Haysbert has an overwhelming task. Although he has no problem conveying the dignity with which Mandela carries himself, the sketchy script offers him no way of getting under his skin. Instead Mandela is reduced to a background prop as Gregory launches a quest to educate himself on the principles of egalitarianism after years of being drip-fed Apartheid propaganda.

2.0
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

press

The life of a prison guard is dull, no matter who is in the cell. Director Bille August makes what he can of this material, always holding our interest but never fulfilling the promise of a close encounter with one of the 20th century's most controversial leaders.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Fascinating story about Nelson Mandela's prison years is too drawn-out to engage.

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Interesting story and OK performances but this takes a little time to warm up.

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

In the role of Mandela, Dennis Haysbert has an overwhelming task. Although he has no problem conveying the dignity with which Mandela carries himself, the sketchy script offers him no way of getting under his skin. Instead Mandela is reduced to a background prop as Gregory launches a quest to educate himself on the principles of egalitarianism after years of being drip-fed Apartheid propaganda.

2.0

Review

Nelson Mandela is one of those iconic figures who create history and, needless to say, attract attention. Hangers-on, flunkies, groupies – you name it, he'll have them. One of those riding the gravy train was his old prison guard, James Gregory. This ordinary white South African chump saw an opportunity to profit from Mr Mandela's 27-year incarceration...

1.0