Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

The audience was left begging for more when the South African film More Than Just A Game opened two weeks ago in London.

The film was screened at a packed House of Lords and received a standing ovation.

More Than Just A Game is about the inspirational story of organised football played by prisoners on Robben Island. The film features Presley Chweneyagae (Tsotsi), pictured, Wright Ngubeni (Rhythm City) and Tshepo Maseko (Isidingo).

The movie was released in South Africa in November 2007.

The London screening was a tribute to the anti-apartheid movement and the many activists who made huge sacrifices in the fight against apartheid, especially those who were locked up on Robben Island.

The screening was attended by high profile guests such as Lord Bob Hughes, Lord Richard Faulkner, Baroness Janet Whitaker, Carol Sennet and Danny Goldman.

Producer Anant Singh said: "I am delighted with the fantastic reaction to the film at the House Of Lords, especially that the audience was moved and impressed by our little film about football on Robben Island.

"I am especially pleased that a number of those in attendance were involved in the anti-apartheid movement and in football."

Singh said he was heading to the Cannes Film Festival in France where the film will be marketed and screened to international buyers. The film will be rolled out internationally in the run-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.