Jan 16, 2014 · 6:00 PM
Much in the press about this film, up for BAFTAS, and some members of the group have expressed interest to see it. Early evening performance but hope some can make it.
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.
Suggest we meet in the cinema bar from 5.30 and latecomers can probably still see it if you get in and seated by 6.15.