What an utterly compelling and uncomfortable watch this was. Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a stunning performance as Solomon Northup, a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender’s slavemaster Epps is as intimidating and cruel as he’s ever likely to be on the screen. In fact, there wasn’t a bad performance in the entire film. Steve McQueen’s run of superb films continues and you’ll understand when you see it why it has, and will, continue to win awards.