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BAFTA nomination for Mandela film

Justin Chadwick Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

'Mandela: 'Long Walk to Freedom', directed by Salford-born Justin Chadwick has been nominated for a BAFTA.

The film which is based on Nelson Mandela's biography, is nominated in the Outstanding British Film category. Other nominees in the category include Gravity, Philomena, Rush, The Selfish Giant and Saving Mr Banks.

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Salford Film Director's tribute to Mandela

Nelson Mandela Garden Inauguration - Paris Credit: PA

A Salford-born director will see his film about Nelson Mandela open in cinemas today.

Justin Chadwick says he owes much of his success to the Manchester Youth Theatre.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is based on the former South African President's autobiography.

Mandela died in December aged 95 as the film was being premiered in London.

Justin Chadwick at the Royal Film Performance of Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom Credit: PA