12 Years a Slave

  • January 11, 2014 · 5:15 PM
  • Gate Cinema

The runaway winner of the monthly vote was 12 years a slave, Steve McQueen's film about a free man who gets kidnapped into slavery.

There've been a few different suggestions for venues, so this time I think as we haven't been there for a while we'll try the Gate in Notting Hill. It's showing there at 6pm this Saturday.

There isn't much meeting space in the Gate's bar, so we'll meet round the corner at the Prince Albert pub from 5.15. We'll start making our way to the cinema at around 5.45. After the film, we'll go to the pub- probably back to the Prince Albert if we liked it!

This will be a popular film, so if you want to be sure of getting a seat please book one online here. I mailed contact details out on Friday night,  so if you're RSVPing on Saturday, please just look out for us at the pub or meet us after the film (we're likely to gather outside the cinema after the film before heading to the pub).

Hope to see you there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiw1cYXQw4g

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  • Dee

    I could say so much about the film, but still find it all too upsetting to go into, so I won't; other than to say that I found the sound quality of the rather poor so missed so much of what was being said. On another note, unfortunately, the pub was far too crampted so wasn't really able to engage with the group afterwards.

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • steve t.

      I'm glad it wasn't just me, I also found some of the dialogue hard to make out.

      1 · January 15, 2014

    • Michelle

      I was able to hear the movie fine but I was near the front, could also hear the cars outside though lol

      January 15, 2014

  • Don G.

    Well made but relentless

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • steve t.

      That's a good way of putting it!

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • Don G.

      Thanks!

      January 15, 2014

  • Ivan

    I think the sign of a good film is where a viewing generates discussion and where scenes remain with you because they cause strong emotions.

    It is of course due to the subject matter aswell - but a good film does it in a way where the above happens.

    I felt tired after watching it so didnt go to the pub but a few days later feel like discussing it!

    January 15, 2014

  • sandra

    I left after 20 minutes. i know how disgustingly people treat others when they wish to exploit them and dehumanise and break them to justify it etc etc. Just read a 700+page book all about the history of violence and have been told and have read about the horrors of slavery all my life. Can't think why i exposed myself to such gratuitous violence and the nice middle-class set-up at the start - so stilted. Glad I ran out in tears when i did! In the west we are now living in the LEAST violent times our species has ever known. (Steven Pinker 2011) Let's continue to improve and celebrate! Join 'Stop the Traffic'
    Hope 'Long road to freedom' is better. Read the book years ago - fantastic. Anyone else going to see it Tuesday, who like me got there too late for a ticket?

    2 · January 13, 2014

    • steve t.

      If I'm honest I'm not sure I don't agree with you - regardless of what I said below. It's a well-made film but I only went because everyone's talking about it so I felt like I ought to. It's certainly not an enjoyable film to watch and there may be better ways to learn about the horrors of slavery - possibly even reading the book it's based on.

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Mary

    Absolutely no way I could have gone to the pub to discuss this movie from a cinematographical point of view or offered creative criticism. I was WAY too upset & had to dash home at the end. As a half-Nigerian who has been 'lucky' enough to have visited Ghana &
    Elmina Castle (The Goldmine), the lonely beach-fort where 1000s of men, women & children were shackled & dragged down the beach to be loaded onto slave ships - I have a very clear vision of the unutterable, UNBRIDLED cruelty that was visited on millions of innocent people over centuries, for money & personal gratification. So for me the film was way smaller than the history it depicted. It is the mark of a great film when the subject matter completely overshadows its depiction - We know too that however 'distasteful' or revolting the scenes we watched - the reality was FAR worse!! Well done, Mr McQueen for making a film which where the film came second to the TRUTH. And Slavery continues today. Millions of people are victims.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Michael C.

    My first time with the London Movie Meetup! Thanks Gabrielle for hosting this super club. Great to see a movie with others and discuss it afterwards.....great way too to meet some women How good is that?!

    January 13, 2014

  • steve t.

    Good film, great cinematography and acting. Intense experience - wouldn't exactly say I enjoyed it but definitely worth seeing.

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • terence f.

    good meeting with a friendly crowd though Gabrielle does need to make himself more obvious to people trying to find the group. The film was slow though interesting and the end was sudden and the family relationships left unresolved.

    January 12, 2014

  • Megan F.

    Excellent performances cinematography quite harrowing

    January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      and so it should have been.

      1 · January 12, 2014

  • Mike

    Great movie, great people. Made for a really enjoyable evening !

    January 12, 2014

  • Gearoid

    Good people, good movie. I find that it is definitely staying with me

    January 12, 2014

  • Wendy

    Met some lovely people :) x. Thank you!

    January 11, 2014

  • Debbie

    Nice friendly group :)

    January 11, 2014

  • Michelle

    We headed for the old swan. It's nearby and a bit quieter and we thought some of the group had come this way.

    January 11, 2014

  • John A.

    Hi folks, it was great to meeting some of you but unfortunately I booked a ticket for Friday instead of tonight. The screening was sold out so couldn't get in. Feel a bit silly about it but I think the group is friendly so I see everyone at the next meet up with the right ticket for the right day!.

    January 11, 2014

    • Trudi

      This is what they said to me and a number of others. This is inaccurate there must be a problem with their site that they are not admitting too. The show was totally sold out but I was told oh we have I seat left... I am giving you this seat - I wss made to feel I should be grateful. I'll be tweeting this experience as I know this happened to about 4 people

      January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Flim was great but sorry too tired to come to the pub. This film has made me want to read the book. First film I have welled up at (the final scene - I apologise!) since seeing the colour purple when I was 8!

    January 11, 2014

  • Trudi

    Can people let me know if they booked a ticket for todays viewing and could not get scanned in. I booked a ticket and never received the email from picture house cinema and chased them. Today they claim I had booked for yesterday instead of today. They had a spare ticket even though it says they're sold out - I believe they are cognusant of technical issues but are not disclosing them. I didn't I work in UX and they double booked. I also heard this from another customer. I'd be grateful for comments on your user experience of booking tickets with them as im tempted to tweet my unhappiness :-(

    January 11, 2014

  • Gabriel

    We're taking our seats now, back to prince albert after- probably standing room only but if you didnt see us before, meet us there!

    January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all Am in M5 just got here so will see you all after the film.

    January 11, 2014

  • Debbie

    Just arrived had nightmare journey with the trains so will wait outside cinema

    January 11, 2014

  • Betsy

    Running late so see you all at the cinema or afterwards. I'm in e9.

    January 11, 2014

  • Debs

    Still waiting for tube so going straight to cinema!

    January 11, 2014

  • Trudi

    I'm in the Prince of Wales - just got here and it's very busy. There's plenty of space outside. Please hollow snd lemme know when you arrive :-)

    January 11, 2014

    • BB

      Where u guys sitting?

      January 11, 2014

    • Trudi

      We are sitting near the window overlooking the road with the big blackboard behind us

      January 11, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I've arrived to Prince Albert early. See you all when you get here! I've got a red coat on, by the way!

    January 11, 2014

  • Gabriel

    I think the mail with my number went out yesterday but if you didn't get it send us an email and I'll mail it back, thanks!

    January 11, 2014

    • Gabriel

      OK, must've been a problem with the system so am mailing it again- we'll be meeting in the Prince Albert pun from 5.15, moving on to the cinema at 5.45

      January 11, 2014

    • John A.

      Hi, see you guys at the cinema, trains are a nightmare today!.

      January 11, 2014

  • Shelley C.

    Anyone by S7?

    January 11, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Looks like there's no seats left (or rather one right at the front). Has anyone booked a ticket who isn't going who has a seat further back? I'll buy it off you. Ta.

    January 11, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Hi, will be joining. Got my tkt :)

    January 11, 2014

  • Phil

    New to the group. Looking forwards to meeting everyone.

    January 11, 2014

  • steve t.

    Just booked, I'm in T9.

    January 11, 2014

  • Michelle

    Just checked the screen and there's not even thirty seats left at the showing lol. That pub's gonna love us.

    January 10, 2014

  • Gabriel

    OK I've mailed my number to those who've RSVPed; if you're RSVPing now, please just look out for us at the pub, on the way into the cinema or when we gather outside the cinema after the film.

    January 10, 2014

  • Ian

    K1 for me

    January 10, 2014

  • Debbie

    Hi what time are we looking to meet at the pub tomorrow?

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    J1 (space for my continental legs ;) I am looking forward to wat hing this with what seems to be a large meet up crowd!

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I booked one; S6. My first time ever to book a cinema ticket in advance in London or even in my whole life as far as I can remember. My first meetup with the group, looking forward to enjoying some conversations afterwards.

    January 10, 2014

  • Ruby

    Got one! D9, Good pub choice, probably will only make it after the film, hope I recognize you....I obv am not my profile pic

    January 10, 2014

  • Shelley C.

    Im joining for the movie tomorrow and look forward to meeting the new and familiar this new year :)

    January 10, 2014

  • Ruby

    Hi!, I've just joined and would like to come tomorrow, do you think I've left it a bit late to buy tickets? I live close by so I could chance it and get it tomorrow...

    January 10, 2014

  • Teresa

    Ticket booked as well, seat T10, see you soon :-)

    January 10, 2014

  • Gabriel

    Looking around at the pubs, there are some good suggestions but I think the places that specialise in food may not be happy if so many of us turn up just for drinks! So I'm thinking maybe the Prince Albert, which is just round the corner: probably meet there before the film and if we like it go back after? www.the-prince-albert.co.uk

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • Ritu

      Prince Albert is a good choice for meeting and drinks before and after. Relaxed pub atmosphere.

      January 10, 2014

    • Mike

      Hi Gabriel, the Prince Albert is a good choice.

      January 10, 2014

  • Mary

    Ticket booked. Can't wait

    January 10, 2014

  • Ryan

    Ticket booked :) R3

    January 10, 2014

  • Gearoid

    Just bought a ticket G8

    January 10, 2014

  • sandra

    Just booked at 12.45 Friday and there were 80 tickets left.

    January 10, 2014

  • Dee

    Really looking forward to the film and meeting everyone. Bought ticket - R1.

    January 10, 2014

  • Don G.

    Don here K6!

    January 10, 2014

  • Katherine

    Just bought my ticket sitting at the back U6 looking forward to it see you then!!

    January 9, 2014

  • Debs

    Just booked got seat E8!

    January 9, 2014

  • Salima

    Just booked my ticket, seat number is L7!

    January 9, 2014

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