Day 17 – Best Movie Adaptation:
I decided to go with Solomon Northup’s 12 Years A Slave. I watched this last summer on the flight to the States and it captivated me. Well done film and pretty realistic, however I haven’t yet read the book but will do at some point this year.
“Solomon Northup was a free man kidnapped into slavery in Washington, D.C., in 1841. Shortly after his
escape, he published his memoirs to great acclaim and brought legal action against his abductors, though they were never prosecuted. The details of his life thereafter are unknown, but he is believed to have died in Glen Falls, New York, around 1863.” (Twelve Years A Slave, Penguin Classics Edition)
The movie adaption was directed by Steve McQueen, who is an English film director and producer. The film was released in 2013 and was starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and revealed Lupita Nyong’o. The film won three of the Academy Awards in 2013, including Best Picture. Steve McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.