Steve McQueen’s universally acclaimed masterpiece 12 YEARS A SLAVE, portraying an unflinching account of slavery and the power of hope is the most important film this year. Having dazzled the critics and won an amazing 130 awards so far this season, the unmissable true story of Solomon Northup 12 YEARS A SLAVE, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 12 May 2014.
12 YEARS A SLAVE features incredibly powerful performances from an award winning and talented cast bringing this historical memoir alive. BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for his career defining performance as unbreakable Solomon Northup isChiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things, Children of Men); Michael Fassbender (Shame, Prometheus) stars as ferocious and cruel Edwin Epps; Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Sherlock’, War Horse) plays hostile plantation owner Ford; Paul Dano (Prisoners, There Will Be Blood) is ruthless bully John Tibeats; Sarah Paulson (MUD, American Horror Story) stars as malicious Mistress Epps; Paul Giamatti (Saving Private Ryan, The Illusionist) is the unfeeling Freeman; Brad Pitt (World War Z, Inglorious Basterds) plays free thinker Bass; and Lupita Nyong’o stars in her Academy-Award® winning and breakout role as victimised Patsey.
12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on the memoir and slave narrative of Solomon Northup which tells an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, (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 (Pitt) forever alters his life.
Also boasting an experienced and artistic crew whose talents have been recognised globally. Oscar winner John Ridley for his adapted screenplay of this astonishing story; BAFTA nominated for Cinematography Sean Bobbit (The Place Beyond The Pines, Hunger); BAFTA nominated for Best Original Score Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Incepetion); Academy-Award® nominee Patricia Norris (Scarface) for her incredible Costume Design and Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom)nominated for an Academy-Award® for his achievement in Production Design.
A Historical Portrait Documentary (BD only)
- Discovering the book
- Meet Solomon
- Re-Creating an Era
- Portraying Slavery
- Filmmaking Achievement
- Interviews with Steve McQueen, John Ridley and other behind the scenes talent