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Steve McQueen: Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?: A Culture Show Special

To coincide with the release of 12 Years a Slave, this Culture Show special, presented by Mark Kermode, looks at the history and culture of slavery. The subject of slavery has inspired director Steve McQueen's film, which is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was sold into slavery in the 1840s.

McQueen is known for his visceral, hard-hitting films, and even though this is his third feature, it's already creating awards season buzz for him and the movie's star Chiwetel Ejiofor. McQueen initially began his career as an artist, creating provocative work that won him the Turner Prize in 1999. In his relatively short film career, McQueen has already won a BAFTA and Cannes' Camera d'Or.

Mark Kermode talks to McQueen about the making of 12 Years a Slave, his life, other works and unique artistic sensibility. With contributions from Charlotte Rampling and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 15 Feb 2014 02:10


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Kermode
ParticipantSteve McQueen
ParticipantCharlotte Rampling
ParticipantChiwetel Ejiofor
ParticipantLupita Nyong'o
ParticipantAbi Morgan
DirectorNicola Seare
Series EditorJanet Lee

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