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12 YEARS A SLAVE

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By Charlie David Page
3rd June 2014

'12 Years A Slave' tells the incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. Acclaimed director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) helms an exceptional cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson.

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man, is abducted and sold into slavery. With no opportunity to prove his identity, he is consigned to assume the name of ‘Platt’, a runaway Georgian slave. Despite being thousands of miles away from his wife and children and having no way of contacting them, Solomon’s hope for his freedom never completely diminishes. He steels himself in case the opportunity were to arise, urging his fellow slave, Patsey (Nyong’o) to do the same. Facing cruelty from a malevolent slave owner (Michael Fassbender), Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity in his quest to be reunited with his family. Based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, this film is the unforgettable vision of one man’s will to overcome adversity.

2014’s most nominated and most awarded film, '12 Years A Slave' scooped up the most coveted acknowledgments including ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Leading Actor’ at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, ‘Best Picture’ at the Golden Globes, and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Supporting Role’ at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rightfully lauded as a contemporary classic, '12 Years A Slave' is the must-see film of 2014.

The '12 Years A Slave' competition has now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.

Competition opens at 5pm AEST on Tuesday 3rd June 2014 and closes at 11:59pm AEST on Monday 9th June 2014. Five winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday 10th June 2014. To successfully win, entrants must fulfil the above entry conditions before the time the competition closes. Current members/followers are eligible to enter the competition. Only one entry per person. Only one winner per household. To be a valid winner, the entrant must not have won a prize from SWITCH within the last 21 days. Each winner will receive one Blu-ray copy of '12 Years A Slave'. By entering, you agree to receive occasional emails from SWITCH in the future. If you decide to unsubscribe from these updates, any further entries will not be applicable. Only Australian residents are eligible to enter.

'12 Years A Slave' is available on Blu-ray, Digital and DVD on Wednesday the 4th June 2014 from Icon Home Entertainment.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 18/06/2014
RUN TIME: 2h 14m
CAST: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Michael Fassbender
Lupita Nyong'o
Benedict Cumberbatch
Brad Pitt
Paul Giamatti
Quvenzhane Wallis
Paul Dano
DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen
WRITERS: John Ridley
Steve McQueen
SCORE: Hans Zimmer
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