Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who played his own great grandfather in the classic 1964 film, will be one of the guests at the 50th anniversary gala screening of ‘Zulu’ in London
On 10 June, the Odeon Leicester Square in London will screen a much loved icon of cinema history. Celebrating the 50th anniversary since the original royal premiere of Zulu, the film has been digitally remastered and shown in its original wide screen format.
Zulu is a touching film about valour in the face of adversity. It dramatises the historic battle at Rorke’s Drift where the 2nd Battalion 24th Foot held out against over 20 Zulu battalions in 1879. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded on a single day where 150 British soldiers, many of whom were sick and wounded, fielded 4,000 South African warriors.
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who played his own great grandfather King Cetshwayo kaMpande in the 1964 film, will be one of the celebrity attendees. Having been prevented from attending the original premiere due to the restrictions imposed by apartheid, he will finally be returning to London for the royal premiere that he was denied 50 years ago.
Zulu is an iconic military film and we are thrilled to be launching the new digitally remastered version in celebration of its 50th anniversary with viewers getting the rare opportunity to see it its its original wide screen format at the Odeon,” explains event organiser Suzannah Endfield Olivier, daughter of Zulu director Cy Endfield.
Walking With The Wounded is one of three partner charities for the evening, as well as The David Rattray Memorial Trust and Sentebale. The night will celebrate this much-loved film and the work of all three charities.
The screening will be one of the largest fundraising events of the year for the Walking With The Wounded, which retrains and re-skills wounded service personnel and supports them in finding new careers outside the Armed Forces.
Ticket packages start at £75 and include:
One ticket holder will be the lucky winner of a montage of images taken during the filming of Zulu signed by Michael Caine, kindly donated by WWTW.
The £1,000 Platinum Package includes entry to the exclusive, VIP after-show party and the chance to win a seven-day break in South Africa for two.
Buy tickets on www.zulu50.com
About Walking With The Wounded
Walking With The Wounded raises funds to finance the re-training of wounded servicemen and women to assist them in acquiring the skills and qualifications necessary to find new careers outside the military.
Their ability to fundraise effectively ensures they can finance new qualifications, courses and further education for those who are seriously injured. It enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and return to the work place and provide long-term security for themselves and their families.
Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. We help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help these children – the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Together, we’re making a big difference to these children’s lives. We can do even more with your help.
About David Rattray Memorial Trust
The Trust was established in 2007 to commemorate David Rattray who was tragically killed on 26th January 2007. He devoted much of his life to the study of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, to the reconciliation of the peoples of South Africa and to the promotion of the Zulu people around the world. The Trust’s focus is to educate and care for children in a small number of schools in a defined area of remote rural KwaZulu-Natal by supporting the David Rattray Foundation in South Africa and to promote activities which add to the knowledge and understanding of rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, particularly in relation to its historical context.