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12 Years a Slave

  • Curzon Cinema

    99 Shaftesbury Avenue
    Soho
    London W1D 5DY (map)

    51.512681 -0.130207

  • The bar is one floor down from street level. Ask at the bar or call Mal on[masked]
  • Everyone should aim to watch the film by whatever means before the meeting then we can meet and discuss/chat about it.


    Steve McQueen’s third film recounts the capture of a free black man, Solomon Northup, in Washington in 1841 and his enslavement in the Deep South. We follow his journey through various owners as he attempts to find a way to return to his family. 

    Harrowing at times, particularly in the presence of Michael Fassbender’s sadistic plantation owner, the heart of the story remains Solomon’s, who is stunningly portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.  


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  • Nilza

    I meant sheer not cheer display of unnecessary violence...

    February 11, 2014

  • Nilza

    Hi guys!

    Just a note: Django Unchained is a good movie by Tarantino, whose movies I do not appeal to me because of the cheer display of unnecessary scenes of violence. Django is a good movie with brilliant performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo Di Caprio, the music and script are also good--so it is a movie worth watching- and as I mentioned before, it cannot be compared to 12 Years a Slave!

    February 11, 2014

  • Nilza

    Hi Zhana Thank you very much indeed for sending this link. I just read the article- it is very well written!
    And like you I disagree with the comments
    This guy missed the point to compare Tarantino's caricature, fable movie to 12 Years a Slave a true story
    - it is a joke!

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Zhana

      Yes, I'm sure you are right although I decided not to see Django - I prefer to spend my money on something worthwhile and/or enjoyable.

      February 10, 2014

  • Zhana

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • Nilza

      Hi Zhana

      February 6, 2014

  • chris

    Zhana great link to v interesting article. Thanks.

    February 5, 2014

    • Zhana

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

      February 6, 2014

  • Magdalena M.

    I am not able to make it either, but I really would love to discuss the film, may we could postpone!

    February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree. Have be watching the culture show programme about Steve Mcqueen and would like to discuss.

      February 5, 2014

    • Zhana

      I'll watch it with the aim of discussing it.

      February 6, 2014

  • Mal R.

    If anyone who is still planning to make it tonight could reply with a comment that would be great as it looks like lots of people cant make it due to the tube strike

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All, Considering how much busier things were this morning with the tube strike, I'm afraid I'm going to have to miss this meet up. I'm very much looking forward to attending the next one though!

    February 5, 2014

  • Mal R.

    Something has come up today so I won't be able to make it tonight. Anyone that is going along just tell them at the bar downstairs and hopefully they can point everyone out to each other ok

    February 5, 2014

    • Aisha

      The train strike has meant that I also will not be able to make it tonight which is a shame.

      February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same for me.

      February 5, 2014

  • Zhana

    I decided to see locally it last night. It is a very powerful film, obviously disturbing, but I think everyone should see it.

    February 5, 2014

  • Heather

    Hello.. Look forward to joining this group. Won't travel tonight due to tube chaos. Hope to meet you soon. Would be interesting to discuss Wolf of Wall St as Nilza just mentioned. Larger than life movie.

    February 5, 2014

  • Nilza

    Hi guys,

    I saw last week 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and for nearly three hours it depicts, in unrelenting detail the worst, most corrupt, hedonistic excesses of the bankers and traders with very powerful performances by Leonardo Di Caprio and Matthew Mc Conaughey - and a brilliant support cast! The movie is brilliant, funny and rather disturbing at times. Morally ambiguous. A must see movie!

    February 4, 2014

  • Zhana

    You might be interested in this book, Soul Survivors. A lot of the women featured in this collection were themselves, or were descended from, free Black people who had been captured and enslaved.
    http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/soul-survivors-slave-narratives.html

    February 3, 2014

    • Nilza

      I will take a note of this book it must be a fascinating book! Thank for sharing with us on this meet up.

      February 4, 2014

  • Heather

    Hello club members.
    I was hoping to meet up with you for the first time on Wed, but may be sabotaged by the tube strike. Grrr.. See you if trains are running. Heather.

    February 1, 2014

  • Mal R.

    Its pretty informal so don't worry about turning up late.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really like the idea of these discussion meetups and the Curzon is the perfect venue. 6.30pm is a little early for me and I'm not sure I'd like to join in 45 minutes into a discussion.

    January 20, 2014

  • chris

    Seen this. Be prepared for emotional ups and downs.

    January 20, 2014

  • Nilza

    Hi guys!

    I saw this movie twice- it is a great, powerful story with the most compelling performances, especially by Chiwetel and Michael Fassbinder! Steve McQueen and the great cast nailed it.

    I wish you guys enjoy this movie as much as I did - a very sad story indeed!

    January 20, 2014

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