Once In A Lifetime – the 2010 movie

10 June 2011

2010 – Once In A Lifetime: The Movie had its world premiere in Johannesburg on Wednesday night, and broadcasts on local television this weekend to mark the anniversary of South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Co-produced by Anant Singh and directed by Junaid Ahmed, the film captures the passionate commitment and vision of South Africa and its people and the continent of Africa to the beautiful game, celebrating the spirit and the magic the first ever African World Cup.

The film integrates inspiring visuals, exhilarating music and compelling interviews with a range of people – Fifa and LOC officials, government representatives, high-profile personalities and the man in the street – and is narrated by international football commentator John Helm.

“It was fantastic!”, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said after Wednesday’s premiere. “This film is something that every household should keep and it is good for others around the world too, as it allows them to experience South African-ness and African-ness in the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

“Every game and every moment of the World Cup was special, as those who will watch the movie will see,” Mbalula said. “Fantastic work has been done in ensuring that we don’t forget and that we keep the memory of the World Cup alive for many generations to come – the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa like it has never been anywhere else in the world.”

Imtiaz Patel, who co-produced the film with Singh, said: “It all started when Anant and I were on a bus from one of the World Cup matches at Soccer City. We were so emotional and caught up in the excitement, and we looked at each other and it was almost as though the thought entered our minds at the same time – that we had to capture this excitement.

“The film gives everyone an opportunity to relive the spirit of the World Cup as we look at the event a year later.”

Co-produced by Videovision Entertainment and SuperSport, the film will have its television premiere on Friday, 10 June at 8.00pm on DSTV’s SuperSport 3, with broadcasts over the weekend as follows:

Friday 10 June 2011:

SS3 / SS3A/ SS3N
20:00 – 21:30

Saturday 11 June 2011:

SS3 / SS3A/ SS3N
09:30 – 11:00
15:00 – 16:30
21:00 – 22:30

CSN
17:30 – 19:00

Sunday 12 June 2011:

SS3 / SS3A /SS3N
00:00 – 01:30
10:00 – 11:30
15:30 – 17:00
21:30 – 23:00

SAinfo reporter

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