5 Awesome Facts About 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen’s Oscar winning movie ’12 Years a Slave’ is an adaptation of the 1853 memoir ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ by Solomon Northup. Protagonist Northup was born a free citizen but was plunged into 12 years of slavery. This British-American historical drama film was so intense that it had Oscar written all over it. ’12 Years a Slave’ received many recommendations from the critics and was able to bowl over the audiences all across the globe. This film has garnered not only respect but also many awards for its classic depiction of slavery and the cotton industry in the 19th century United States. Read on for some interesting facts about the movie.
1. Chiwetel Ejiofor took a short break after the release of the movie. The lead actor in the movie who played Solomon Northup said that the movie affected him in great volumes professionally as well as personally. He said that the role was so intense that he wanted to take some time off to get back to his routine.
2. This film as everybody knows is an adaptation of real life accounts of Northup who was abducted and sold as a slave in Louisiana. Working as bondage for 12 years, he wrote several letters to his friends in New York before he could be released to freedom again.
3. The camera man Sean Bobbitt admits to have shot the entire film with a single camera to give it a feel of real life scenes. This worked perfectly in his favor as the movie turned out beautifully well and was appreciated for its cinematography.