12 Year's a Slave - This Week's Film
29 May 2014 / Events / Arts / Film
Film Screening Saturday 31st May at 8.30pm
12 Years a Slave (2013) 134 min – [R – 15]
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender
Biography | Drama | History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Join Our ‘Grasmere Movie Nights’ Meetup Group
Note: This is the last of our weekend film slots until after the summer! Our special Summer programme of Japanses films screened in conjunction with the Wordsworth Trust will be announced shortly.
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) will forever alter his life.
97% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes ‘It’s far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave’s unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant — and quite possibly essential — cinema.’
Mark Kermode – The Observer, Sunday 12 January 2014
‘Steve McQueen deserves every gong going for his unflinching portrayal of slavery.’
Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – we have BBQ’d Cumberland Sauasages from 6.30pm £3.95 plus other main evening menu options available from £10.50 – please book ahead.
More information here – 12 Years a Slave (2013) IDMB