Hollywood director Steve McQueen has made some fantastic movies over the years and his latest movie has been a bit of a passion project. Steve directs the movie 12 Years a Slave and, while talking about the film, he admitted that it was important that it focussed on the history of slavery.
McQueen told Flicks and Bits, "[There has been] the absence of a serious treatment of slavery in cinema. For me it was a no brainer. I just wanted to see it on film. I wanted to see that history on film. It was important. It was that obvious. And that's it. I made this movie because I want to tell a story about slavery, a story that hasn't been given a platform in cinema."
He added, "It's one thing to read about slavery but when you see it within a narrative, it does something different - and that's what I wanted to do. Now, if that starts a conversation: wonderful, excellent… it will be about time. But for me this film is about how to survive. I don't know what kind of conversation… I hope it goes beyond race, narrowing it down to race: yes, race is involved, but it's not entirely about that."
12 Years a Slave stars Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbathc and Paul Dano. The movie opened on limited release in the US on October 18 and will hit the UK on January 24, 2014.
Check out the 12 Years a Slave trailer below.