18 posts tagged steve mcqueen
12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)
Hunger director Steve McQueen’s latest film delves into the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup, a free-born black man who was abducted and sold into slavery in 1841. Based on Northup’s book of the same name, 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor in a role that accentuates the British thespian’s impressive range and incredible skill. Ejiofor carries the moving film with an effortless grace and confidence that is impossible to ignore. Ejiofor’s performance was elevated even more by an equally impressive supporting cast consisting of Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard. 12 Years a Slave is a film that explores America’s sordid past through the experience of one man - an experience that is devastating in its showcase of the breaking of the human spirit.
John Legend feat. Fink • 12 Years a Slave OST
12 Years a Slave (2013) - directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Michael K. Williams.
Track: “Move" by John Legend feat. Fink (buy music)
2013 THR DIRECTORS ROUNDTABLE
It’s an annual thing to look forward to The Hollywood Reporter’s film and television round table discussions involving some of the industry’s most fascinating and influential talents. In this new video, filmmakers Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and Lee Daniels (The Butler) give plenty of interesting insight into their craft.
This is a very eye-opening press conference and one I recommend that everyone watch because it shows how some journalists can be very hung up on themes and questions that have little to do with a film and more to do with their own issues about addressing certain material. In this press conference for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which has been getting rave reviews after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, it is quite obvious that director Steve McQueen and the cast of the film were disappointed (and even somewhat irked in most instances) that they were getting unimaginative questions that seemed designed to paint the film in a certain light. For instance, the first question right out of the gate was such a vague and floundering one that seemingly intended to force the panel to comment on the inability of “North America” to talk about topics like slavery. The irony in this line of questioning was evident in the fact that the interviewer herself seemed uncomfortable raising the topic, as though she was tiptoeing around the subject for fear of saying the wrong thing. This seemed to suggest to me that all that interviewer took out of the film was the theme of slavery and how difficult it must have been to depict it in a movie. To her 12 Years couldn’t have been about more than slavery, which is so unfortunate because it really does seem like the film tries to transcend that kind of limited thinking. There was even a question about comparing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which is a completely different story told in a drastically different style that it’s unimaginable how anyone could have thought that putting these two movies side by side would make any sense at all. But since both movies are set in the era of slavery, they must be worth comparing, right? Don’t even get me started on the journalist who asked Lupita Nyong’o about having been born in Mexico, which had nothing to do with her performance in the film but everything to do with journalists having zero creative questions to ask a talented actress who is a POC.
This press conference gave me so much secondhand embarrassment.
First look at Steve McQueen’s upcoming film Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch (more at Collider)