Watch: First Featurette for Critically Acclaimed '12 Years a Slave' Drama

September 3, 2013
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12 Years a Slave

Just a few days ago, our own Alex Billington took to the mountains for the Telluride Film Festival where he was able to check out Steve McQueen's new movie 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man named Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, leaving behind his family and kicking off 12 years of a grueling life without freedom. Reviews (including our own) have been ranting and raving about how amazing this film is, and now a new featurette goes behind the scenes of the drama with some new footage that hasn't been featured in the first powerful trailer. This is one you won't want to miss.

Here's the first featurette for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, originally from Yahoo:

Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (of Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Salt) as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film has an incredible ensemble cast to go along, featuring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Beasts nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Marcus Lyle Brown. Fox Searchlight has the film scheduled for limited release on October 18th, 2013 early in the awards season. Read our review.

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Really excited about this! McQueen is an excellent director.

Nielsen700 on Sep 3, 2013


I'll be shocked if this film doesn't take all the major awards.

Cal J. on Sep 3, 2013


Oh My G-d.

DAVIDPD on Sep 3, 2013


Movie looks great and I can't wait to see it. However when the director said this @ around 4:30 - "Within film, it was never given a somekind of platform it deserves as an important historical event, especially in the United States" - I couldn't help but think BS. Unless you live outside the US or you live in the box, black slavery during 1800's - 1900's has been shown over and over and then some more over and over again. But then that's about the only thing I disagree with what was said by the director. I will give him huge props for not using Oprah as an actress in this movie. She is by far the most annoying person in the history of the world. Just my two cents.

backwardsprogress on Sep 4, 2013


name me the MAJOR films that dealt primarily with slavery in the last twenty years? and compare them with the films on the Holocaust.

Have Hope on Sep 4, 2013


Here's a list of films to start off with. Enjoy. Oh and this list is about slavery specifically. This list doesn't include films that reference topics of slavery although the movie is about event during the same time period. For example The Patriot featuring Mel Gibson isn't a movie about slavery, but the topic is introduced and shown the audience and has a significant point in the movie. That movie isn't in this list as well as others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_featuring_slavery And comparing them to the Holocaust does what?

backwardsprogress on Sep 4, 2013


I did say last TWENTY years and I did say MAJOR. ie...a WIDE release. The only ones that fit that are Amistad and Django Unchained. The latter being a comedy.

Have Hope on Sep 6, 2013


Did you read this list? It contains titles like Glory, Gone with the Wind, Lincoln and Birth of a Nation, none of which address the reality of slavery in any meaningful way, though some are excellent films. I believe the reference to the Holocaust is eluding to the fact that no one ever says they've seen enough movies on that subject. There seem to be many who want to forget about a terrible time in US history and keep posting that there are too many movies on slavery. The great thing about it is, they have a choice in what they see. And so do I.

Elle on Sep 8, 2013


Slavery has been shown, but how often has it been honestly portrayed? Most of the time the brutality and inhumanity has been glossed over. I have read Twelve Years a Slave and I understand that the movie remains true to the book, though condensed for time. It should be a much more accurate representation of the experience of slavery than we have seen to date.

Elle on Sep 8, 2013


Actually looks fantastic. However, can I ever forgive him for his part in killing Shepard Book and Wash?

James Alexander Peters on Sep 6, 2013

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