12 Years a Slave
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender,Lupitc Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch
Country of Origin: USA 2013
Country of Origin: USA 2013 133 mins.
BAFTA 2014 Winner Best Film, Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Winner 2014 Best Film, Lupitc Nyong'o Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay
Released by EONE
'Powerful, momentous, a true classic.'
Based on Solomon Northup's 19th century memoir, 'Twelve Years A Slave' is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an accomplished violinist lives as a free man in New York who is conned into joining a travelling show and then brutally abducted and sold into slavery.
When his benevolent first owner Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) sells him to abusive, demented plantation boss Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), any chance to prove the illegitimacy of his situation seems lost - Solomon and his fellow slaves are subjected to escalating bouts of violence and their struggle to maintain dignity becomes increasingly desperate. Facing increasing cruelty from Epps, Solomon struggles to stay alive and retain his dignity but in the twelfth year of slavery a chance meeting with Bass (Brad Pitt),a Canadian abolitionist alters his life forever.
Steve McQueen confirms his assured directorial vision with a powerful film of momentous importance. Nothing's held back and the scenes of flogging and hanging can prove difficult to watch but this passionate and important film is quite unlike any other film I've seen. It's majestic and compelling with an extraordinary performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor but that's not to sideline Michael Fassbender who presence and power is so obvious. Sean Bobbitt's camera work, Joe Walker's editing and Hans Zimmers stunning musical score help to make '12 Years A Slave' a classic movie.