'12 Years a slave' at the Duke of Yorks

12 Years a Slave [15]

2014, 134 mins Director: Steve Mcqueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt Synopsis McQueen’s (HUNGER) highly anticipated third feature deals poetically and humanely with one of the thorniest aspects of American history.
Based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir of the same name, 12 YEARS A SLAVE stars Ejiofor as a well-to-do musician who is kidnapped and forced into slavery in the cotton fields of Louisiana. As the years go by, he is passed from owner to owner, arriving finally at the plantation of Edwin Epps (Fassbender).
The relationship between Epps and Northup is perhaps 
the heart of the film: the former represents the very worst of humanity, while the latter holds on to his faith, his heart going out to persecuted slave girl Patsey (Nyong’o).
The result is the first must-see movie of the Oscar season, an intimate epic about freedom and resilience.

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  • Nicola Markham D.

    I agree Carole, I just read a book on slavery & it was all a lot more horrific, I'll put the name here when I find it in case anyone else wants to read it. It's about later on after official emancipation but slavery continued in the south, Georgia etc, right up until the second world war, it's all meticulously researched and mindblowingly horrific. Can't believe none of these people (the whites) ever had to answer for their actions - well not in this life anyway!! (There were court cases etc. but the worst they got was fines & poss a few days in prison etc.)

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Carole J.

    I recently read the autobiography of Frederick Douglas, a man born a slave in one of the southern states. He managed to escape. He recounts very similar events throughout his lifetime in slavery. For me this film was too gentle compared to what Douglas described.

    January 27, 2014

    • Andy W.

      Yes, I agree I don't think Joe (and Joanne) Public truly realise quite how brutal it was And how EVERYONE (white) profited out of it

      January 27, 2014

  • Vivienne B.

    What a great film. It was shocking, yet a 'must see'. The acting was superb. I wouldn't want to see it again it was too painful because it was so real. Brilliant.

    January 27, 2014

  • Nicola Markham D.

    Me too! Very relaxed and friendly group, I look forward to the next time.

    January 27, 2014

  • Jo

    My first visit and felt very welcome. Thanks.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • nic h.

    Sorry i couldnt make it last night. See you all at the next one.

    January 27, 2014

  • Jo R.

    Have seen this movie and to confess I struggled with the brutality. I felt sick at some of the scenes. I am not sure why it needed to be that gruesome. I understand there is a story and it was tough (really tough) back then for some and I am glad things have improved and still improving. Equality is what we need, not revenge for a better future. I look forward for seeing us all as one.

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • Andy W.

      Don't want to get into this before everyone else has seen the film - maybe after Sunday :)

      January 21, 2014

    • Andy W.

      Now that the group has seen the film, I feel freer to say that that scene was a killing, not a full blown "for entertainment" lynching with the customary torture prior to the eventual murder, which in many cases was pleaded for by the victim With the exception of the whipping scene there was very little visual violence - it was all put into the viewers head by inference and atmosphere It certainly wasn't gratuitous - which made it feel worse - as it should have

      January 26, 2014

  • Stella K.

    Also happy some new comers made it to this one, harrowing though it was. Maybe Tuesdays 'Coen' offering will be less so.

    January 26, 2014

  • Stella K.

    2nd viewing was even more harrowing than the first but I still attest that this is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen and a fitting tribute to the soul of Samuel Northup. Truly we are at base animals and others are reaching for the stars

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Eve f.

    sorry I couldnt make it this evening, maybe next time ..

    January 26, 2014

  • Stella K.

    Hi Guys, I think I am going to eat at Circus Circus at 4.45pm before the film so I will be in the pub from then until 5.30pm. And then after the film , back to the pub for a discussion on same.

    January 26, 2014

  • janee

    only just found this group and have seen the film, can i still come for discussion after?

    January 25, 2014

  • Jo

    Just been told about you guys. Hope I recognise you in the pub! See you Sunday

    January 23, 2014

  • Vivienne B.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing this film and meeting more new people.

    January 22, 2014

  • Eve f.

    this will be my first film with the group,, looking forward to meeting lots of nice people:)

    January 21, 2014

  • Linda M

    This will be my first film with the group and looking forward to it.

    January 21, 2014

  • Stella K.

    I will be in the pub (Circus Circus) across the road for 10 mins prior to the film at 5.30pm for newcomers and old and then we will retire there after the film for discussion on same etc :)
    Seats are not allocated at the Dukes so we have to choose for ourselves as to where you want to sit.

    January 21, 2014

  • Vivienne B.

    Do I get the tickets from the Duke of York before Sunday or can I get it on the day.

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • Stella K.

      It's completely up to you.. but if you are determined to see this film, I would suggest getting the ticket beforehand to ensure same.

      January 21, 2014

  • gavin g.

    Hi Vivienne, best book in advance, other you may have a wasted journey! Can do it online

    January 21, 2014

  • Carole J.

    I've seen this one. If you're going to make a film about slavery there's no avoiding brutality. This is a serious film but visually beautiful. I look forward to hearing your reactions.

    January 20, 2014

  • Andy W.

    I went to see this (at DOY :) on Sunday last and it is an excellent film, but don't expect to come out laughing It is deeply moving and makes you ponder on man's cruelty to man (and woman)

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its my first time coming to this meet up. I look forward to it. :-).

    January 20, 2014

  • nic h.

    See you there!

    January 20, 2014

  • Crispin

    Sorry, can't do that day - would have been great to see you!

    January 20, 2014

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