It seems that one particular British
director is not only making headlines but waves in the film industry for his
latest film – 12 Years a Slave.

Based on the nineteenth century
memoirs of Solomon Northup and adapted by screenwriter John Ridley, the film
follows Solomon’s as he goes from being a well-educated family man from New
York State to being sold into slavery in the south due to his colour. This type of kidnapping was rife in these
times. The film is not an easy watch for
even the hardest of souls and if you only decide to watch just one film this
year, make it this one. An important
story told from first-hand experience dating back centuries. Told with passion, conviction and grace.

Steve McQueen is no ordinary film
director, and 2014 looks like it will be the year he makes his mark in the film
industry and add to his growing collection of accolades. Awarded the Turner Prize for his artwork, one
of the highest awards given to a British visual artist and also appointed
Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the visual arts,
McQueen is regarded as one of the best.

Now it looks like his latest big
screen drama production may just allow him to get his hands on the much sought
after Oscar, an award most actors, directors, producers would give their last
dollar to have amongst their achievements.

So far 12 Years a Slave has won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture,
Drama and a Critics Choice Award for Best Picture, with Lupita Nyong’o also winning
Best Supporting Actress and John Ridley for Best Adapted Screen Play.

It has also notched up 10 BAFTA
nominations and 9 Oscar nominations many in the same categories. This film and everyone associated with it
will surely be keeping their fingers crossed that the awards keep coming their
way.

As for the talented, unassuming
British Director, Steve McQueen has certainly cemented a fruitful future
amongst the greats of Hollywood and beyond and it has only taken one great film
for the world to remember his name. A
name they surely won’t forget and one that will hopefully be amongst the nominations once again.