Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York
State in 1841, Solomon Northup was drugged and kidnapped. His life
in jeopardy, he was forced to assume a new name and fake past.
Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague ship, he was
initially sold to a cotton planter. In the twelve years that follow
he is sold to many different owners who treat him with varying
levels of savagery, forced labour, scant food and numerous beatings
are his regular fare. Against all odds, Northup eventually succeeds
in contacting a sympathetic party and manages to get word to his
family. The ensuing rescue and legal cases are no less shocking and
intriguing than the rest of the tale. The fantastic film adaptation
of 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel,
Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch is
the winner of the People's Choice award at the Toronto
International Film Festival. Hitting UK cinemas 18th October 2013!