Lots Of New Footage In New ’12 Years A Slave’ Featurette (Video)

Lots Of New Footage In New '12 Years A Slave' Featurette (Video)

Here’s a nice behind-the-scenes featurette, highlighting the making of the film, featuring key cast and crew, including director Steve McQueen and star Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as a lot of new footage not seen in the only trailer that’s been released thus far.

Within the footage, we get our first look at Adepero Oduye as Eliza, a mother who is initially separated from her children in a slave auction. 

After it’s sneak peek screening at Telluride over the weekend (see Frances’ stellar review of it HERE), Fox Searchlight will debut 12 Years A Slave at the Toronto International Film Festival which opens its doors in 2 days. 

Fox Searchlight will also screen the film at the New York Film Festival, and the New Orleans Film Festival, before releasing it theatrically on October 18, in a limited roll-out and will then expand nationwide in successive weeks. 

The R-rated slave narrative, McQueen’s 3rd feature, boasts a rather impressive cast of actors, including: Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup, the star of the film and whose story it tells), Michael FassbenderRuth Negga, Adepero OduyeAlfre WoodardLupita Nyong’oPaul DanoBenedict CumberbatchScoot McNairyGarret DillahuntBrad PittMichael K. Williams Paul GiamattiSarah Paulson and others. 

Here’s the 5 1/2-minute featurette (if it doesn’t load for you in the Yahoo player below, try the YouTube player below it):

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Jewell Sparks

Great article.. I look forward to seeing the movie in its entirety!!! Thanks for the awesome review.


You know a movie must be good when the actors see it for the first time and it freaks them out. They freakin' made it and they're shocked by it. Can't wait to see it, but a little scared too.

Accidental Visitor

With all due respect, CC, there weren't actually that many black women who looked like Thandie Newton back then. Hell, there aren't many, relatively speaking to the rest of the black women in the world, who look like her today. But especially back then during the times of slavery in America, that percentage was even lower than it is now despite the number of children resulting from masters and slave women. Lightskinned blacks were more of a scarcity back then despite the abundance of focus on the "tragic mulatto" in old literature and narratives. And when I say Thandie Newton I don't necessarily mean women as beautiful as Thandie Newton. I'm referring to a type that fits Thandie''s phsysical attributes :skin complexion, nose, hair type (at least the hair style that Thandie has in movies), etc. I'm a fan of Thandie Newton but I always thoughtit was absurd that at least three times she has been cast as a slave/former slave in Hollywood films. Black people that look like that were more the rarity than the norm. Those are just facts. Some people on S&A can't get past bad casting that leads to actors/actresses not being able to pull off the right accent. I tend to have a problem of casting that gets the "look" wrong. For example casting Sidney Poitier and Thurgood Marshall? Just wrong. Now I expect to see a lot of Thandie Newton or Harry Lennix types in "Feat of All Saints". But in "Beloved"" Get the ::bleep:: out of here.

Getting back on track I brought up her to make a point about the difference between casting the Thandies of the world for playing slaves and Chiwetel having a shaven face in "12 Years". The latter isn't as big a deal. Blaqueblack made a comment that such a look suggested "12 Years" was romanticized. What pure bs. All the accounts of early reviews tells us it far from a romanticized representation of slavery. Chiwetel not having some raggy beard doesn't take away from that. And to claim it is "almost beautified" is even more absurd. From what I've seen the clothes the slaves are wearing in the movie don't look as if they just came out the drycleaner.

If there is one legitimate complaint about Chiwetel Ejiofor's physical appearance it may be that, to me, he doesn't necessarily look mulatto. The real Solomon Northup was mulatto.


Extremely compelling story and should be told. Unfortunately, with most of these films they fail to capture the aesthetic/look that matches the brutality. I don't believe most enslaved people were allowed to be clean shaven or to wear manicured goatees. The goal was to make money/profit, and little attention was paid to ensuring clean clothes that match. The look is inauthentic, romanticized (almost beautified). I think it's time for a raw, dirty, dehumanizing depiction (look) of the horrors of slavery that causes the viewer to feel uncomfortable about witnessing such an event on film as entertainment.

Accidental Visitor

Wow. Just beautiful.


Is anyone else having difficulties loading the Video? I just got an apology message–apparently they're having technical difficulties.
Oh well…


Hans Zimmer's score!!!

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