British filmmaker Steve McQueen will be premiering his acclaimed “12 Years a Slave” to the UK at this year’s London Film Festival. Already winner of the People’s Choice Awards at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, McQueen past wins include a BAFTA award for Best Newcomer and a Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his debut feature “Hunger” (2008).
With a background in Fine Arts, McQueen made his first short film while studying at the Goldsmith’s College London. Earlier works, usually in black and white and presenting a minimalist-experimental approach, went on to screen in many important art venues; short films include “Bear” (1993), “Exodus” (1997) and “Static” (2009). In 2009 he also represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.
Historical drama starring Michael Fassbender in the role of Bobby Sands who in 1981 led the second IRA hunger strike in the attempt to regain political status after it was revoked by the British government in the late 70s. The film is set in the Maze prison and follows the events leading to Sands’ hunger strike and eventually his death.
The film follows Brandon, a successful New York executive whose addiction to sex has led him to live a non-life, a cycle of failed relationships and an incapacity to relate to anybody. Things change when Brandon’s sister Sissy comes to visit him, breaking his daily routine constructed around his secret addiction.