Black as the pit from pole to pole.
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.”
William Ernest Henley in 1875
A New Beginning
On The Pitch
Stern says they began shooting those portions of the movie before the rugby players were assembled and began rehearsing plays. Exterior dramatic scenes were filmed at practical locations, including outside the presidential palace. Interiors were primarily filmed at practical locations. The main sets were Mandela’s office and a television studio. “I was usually standing where I can judge the lighting, and Clint was generally to my left watching the actors perform,” Stern says. “We watched a rehearsal, usually did one take, and trusted the crew to get it right. We were moving fast, but I’ve never felt rushed. Clint believes it helps the actors concentrate, and I agree.”
The rugby practice and game scenes were mainly filmed at the famous Newlands Stadium in Cape Town where the actual competition occurred. They also spent one to two weeks filming additional rugby scenes at a stadium in Johannesburg.