In 1841, a free African American violinist name Solomon Northup was living among his family in Saratoga Springs, New York. While on a two-week tour in Washington, he is kidnapped and sold as a slave in New Orleans under the name Platt. Northup spent 12 years working on a plantation and being abused by his masters before he was able to get a letter to his family.Read more
There were many efforts made to ensure the story told was factual and faithful to the material. Filming was done in New Orleans, with most being done in Red River country in the north of the state, where the actual Northup was held captive. It was shot at four historic antebellum plantations: Felicity, Bocage, Destrehan, and Magnolia. Magnolia, is a plantation in Schriever, Louisiana and was just miles from the actual plantation where Northup was held. The first published edition of Northup's memoir, which was co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, was carefully retraced n order to validate the accounts made.
12 Years a Slave is a period drama film released in 2013. It is based on the 1853 memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. The film was directed by Steve McQueen from a screenplay by John Ridley. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard.
The film was released to positively high remarks. A number of media outlets named 12 Years a Slave one of the best films of 2013. The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was also awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and it recieved the Best Film and Best Actor awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The film brought in $187 million against a budget of $22 million.