After two back to back sublime films in Hunger and Shame, British auteur Steve McQueen turns his hand to the harrowing tale of a free man imprisoned out of spite and forced to endure slavery prior to the American Civil War. This looks like awards bait and with the acting pedigree alone, I’m all in. Check it out and let us know what you think.
12 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), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.
12 YEARS A SLAVE does not have a release date in Australia yet.