57th BFI London Film Festival | Pick of the Day: Saturday 19th October – 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Already generating considerable buzz as the hot favourite to sweep the board at next year’s Oscars, British artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen’s third feature tells the harrowing true story of 19th-century violinist Solomon Northup – played by Chiwetel Ejiofor – who is tricked, abducted and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War America. Michael Fassbender, McQueen’s leading man in Hunger and Shame, plays the cruel Louisiana plantation boss who becomes his owner. 


12 Years a Slave shows at the Odeon West End at 12noon today; and at Rich Mix at 5.45pm on Sunday 20th October.

 

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