12 Years a Slave - Cinemit screenings coming soon!
It's hard to believe that 12 Years a Slave is director Steve McQueen's third feature film. His first, Hunger (2008), which he also co-wrote, starred Michael Fassbender and was a critical success garnering 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. His follow-up, also starring Fassbender, Shame (2011), again co-writing, has a slightly less 79% on Rotten Tomatoes and was not as widely seen as it was given an NC-17 rating. With 12 Years a Slave, he does not co-write, but assembles an absolutely amazing cast, including Fassbender of course and also uses his core crew, specifically, Director of Photography, Sean Bobbitt. As the Film Comment magazine selection for the 2013 New York Film Festival, Steve McQueen was interviewed after a press screening. In it, he speaks of why he wanted to tell this story. He also speaks about the characters and their backstory. He also compares the story to a fairy tale (you'll have to watch).