EDITOR’S DIARY: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

12 years a slave

Dear Readers,

12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen shows in UK Cinema’s tomorrow. The film is based on the real life events of a man named Solomon Northup who was trafficked into slavery.

I urge you to watch this film that does not sugarcoat the brutal reality of Slavery. It is also a film that everyone can relate to on the topic of freedom and identity.

I was disheartened by the story of Patsey and impressed by how actress Lupita Nyong’o depicted her. Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya. Her understated beauty, graceful mannerisms, charm and intelligence make her the most revered newcomer in Hollywood. She was recently presented with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Cartier, 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

12 years a slave

Here is what she had to say about the film and her role in a recent interview with DP/30

‘I had so much fun making 12 years a slave because we knew we were embarking on something remarkable. The day we filmed the scene were Patsey gets countless lashes it felt like a very scared set. In Solomon Northup’s book he describes the scathing of Patsey’s back as the darkest day in mankind. It took me a while it get over the grief of the character so I was scared to actually watch the film, but the story is told so beautifully, its almost as if your taken into slavery with Solomon, sold and incarcerated’ 

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