Solomon Northup Wants To Live In This New Clip From 12 Years A Slave

In telling a period story about slavery director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley seem to have taken a very smart approach – if I'm reading the clips and trailers released so far correctly – in focusing on a protagonist that feels as much a stranger in the world in to which he enters as we perhaps might.

It's a common storytelling device, a character opening the door into a world by being as new to it as we are.

This new clip from the film seems to make this even clearer, as Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) struggles to come to terms with what has happened to him.


12 Years a Slave arrives in American cinemas on the 18th of October and in the UK on the 24th of January.