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12 Years A Slave is the next Foxlowe Film

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 08, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

12 years a slave

12 years a slave

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An oscar winning film will be the next focus for a movie night at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek.

Steve McQueen's courageous Oscar winning film 12 Years A Slave will be screened as part of the weekly Foxlowe Films on Tuesday (June 10).

The 15 rated film takes an unflinching close-up look at a subject that has rarely if ever been confronted with such unvarnished directness.

The film is based on the memoir of freeman Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was abducted in Washington, DC in 1841 and delivered to slave trader James Burch (Paul Giamatti), bought by gentleman farmer William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) and later sold to cruel and mentally unbalanced cotton grower Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), a figure of both horror and pathos who comes to embody the true savagery – and insanity – of slavery.

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The licensed bar at The Foxlowe Arts Centre opens for the film nights at 7pm with hot drinks available and the films start promptly at 7.45pm. Admission is £5 on the door with advanced tickets available from the Foxlowe Gallery, Over the Rainbow in Sheepmarket or online at www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk.

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