12 Years A Slave
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Director Steve McQueenYear 2013Genre(s) Dramas
Solomon Northup was a well-educated man from a successful family living in upstate New York with his wife and three children. He was categorised as a free black man and made money through various jobs including as an entertainer playing the violin. In 1841, he was tricked into going to Washington DC with two white men for work where he was instead kidnapped and sold to slavery despite there being laws to protect free African-Americans. He spent twelve years on a plantation in Louisiana serving the brutal and abusive owner Edwin Epps. Determined to live his life again as a free man, he befriended a Canadian carpenter working for Epps by the name of Samuel Bass, whose high-morals turned Solomon's life around forever.
This poignant historical biopic is based on the 1853 autobiography 'Twelve Years a Slave' by the real Solomon Northup. It has been adapted to screen by writer John Ridley ('U Turn', 'Red Tails') and the BAFTA nominated director Steve McQueen ('Hunger', 'Shame'). With themes of freedom, racial inequality and the cruelty of mankind, '12 Years A Slave' could be one of the more heart-wrenching movies to kick of the year on its UK cinematic release on January 24th 2014.
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhané Wallis, Michael K. Williams, Sarah Paulson, Dwight Henry, Adepero Oduye, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Bryan Batt, Chris Chalk, Anwan Glover, Mustafa Harris, Ashley Dyke, Adepero Oduye