British film director Sir Richard Attenborough ended a ten day visit to South Africa with a news conference during which he denied allegations by South Africa's state television that he planned to make a film supporting Black guerilla violence.
10.2.84 (MUTE) SABC
SVs Sir Richard Attenborough meeting Mrs Mandela (3 shots)
CU Sir Richard Attenborough being interviewed
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 2):
REPORTER: "Do you think you were naive?"
ATTENBOROUGH: "Well, I think I was naive to accept situation whereby this interview supposedly did an interview with Winnie Mandela, and on the grounds of the interview persuaded me to give one. In fact I thought to have realised that Winnie Mandela being not only banned, but banished was..ah... prohibited from speaking on television or anybody...to anybody publicly. So the interview he set up was a total phony--to that extent I was naive. Let me make it quite clear about the ANC, I would never make a film which advocated violence. You cannot make a film such as "gandhi", on that subject matter, and then suddenly switch horses and advocate violence, however terrible the situation be, however desperate my own attitude would always be reconciliation and negotiation, absolutely ruling out the question of violence."
REPORTER: "As in "Gandhi"?"
ATTENBOROUGH: "As in "Gandhi"?"
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Background: British film director Sir Richard Attenborough ended a ten day visit to South Africa with a news conference during which he denied allegations by South Africa's state television that he planned to make a film supporting Black guerilla violence. While in South Africa Sir Richard met Winnie Mandela, the wife of imprisoned African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela, and Nontsikelelo Biko, widow of Black leader Steve Biko. Following sir Richard's meeting with Winnie Mandela in the Orange Free State, a television reporter alleged that he overheard the conversation between the two, and claimed that Sir Richard has said any film he made about South Africa would support the ANC.