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12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)

12 YEARS A SLAVE <span>(2013)</span> artwork

12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 131

Release dates 10/01/2014

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence, injury detail, sex, nudity and racist terms

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Steve McQueen

Cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfré Woodard, Quvenzhané Wallis

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 31/12/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

12 YEARS A SLAVE is a US drama, set before the Civil War, about a man who is captured and sold into slavery. It is rated 15 for strong violence, injury detail, sex, nudity and racist terms.

There are scenes in which slaves are heavily beaten, although generally without strong focus on injuries. However, in one scene a character is severely whipped, with sight of deep lacerations on her back. In another scene a man has a noose placed around his neck and is hauled off the ground and seen struggling.

In one scene, illustrating on-going abuse, a slave owner has sex with a female slave. He is seen thrusting into her as the woman lies unresponsive and turns her face away from him, the only form of resistance available to her at the time. In another scene a female slave takes a man's hand and uses it to masturbate herself.

Nudity is seen as slaves wash and are lined up for inspection and sale.

Racist terms are used throughout the film, with the slaves frequently referred to as 'niggers' and 'miserable black dogs'. The terms occur within a clear historical context and their use is not condoned.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger that 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.

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Details

Title
12 YEARS A SLAVE
Also known as
12 YEARS A SLAVE TRAILER B
Year
2013
Formats
Cinema, DVD
Distributor(s)
Entertainment One UK,E1 Films
Classified date(s)
22/01/2014
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF304368

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