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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom screenwriter William Nicholson has explained why he thinks the film was not a huge box office success.

The Oscar-nominated writer said that 12 Years a Slave had "sucked up all the guilt about black people" before the Nelson Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba was released.

Nicholson is thought to have spent 15 years working on the script, including 33 drafts.

"I think it worked superbly," he told the Daily Telegraph. "I'm incredibly proud of this film. Unfortunately it didn't get the kind of acclaim that I wanted. It didn't get Oscars.

"12 Years a Slave came out in America and that sucked up all the guilt about black people that was available."

He continued: "They were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don't think there was much left over to be nice about our film. So our film didn't do as well as we'd hoped, which was a bit heartbreaking. »


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