12 Years a Slave could hardly have more press going for it at this point, and by all accounts it is a film you don’t want to miss. Now, you can check out a very cool featurette that’s been put together to showcase the director’s vision. It isn’t just McQueen either, as you might expect from the title, but it’s the actors, producers, and others, giving their view of what his vision is.
If you weren’t already psyched for it, this might do the trick. Even though it isn’t that long, it gives you some serious perspective on what the film, and the director, hope to achieve, and insight into how that might be possible.
Directed by Steve McQueen / Screenplay by John Ridley
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam and Bill Camp
12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.