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12 Years a Slave reminds us that the risk-taking British film industry is punching above its weight

by Tessa Ross.

12 Years a Slave reminds us that the risk-taking British film industry is punching above its weight

Tessa Ross, head of Film4 and executive producer on 12 Years a Slave, was on stage with director Steve McQueen after he picked up his Oscar. Nurturing great British talent can lead to many more moments like this, she says.

On Sunday night, I sat in the back row of the stalls of the Kodak theatre, next to Steve McQueen’s mother, Mary, and his sister Deborah. We were very nervous – it was the last award of the evening and Will Smith was about  to announce the winner of the 86th Academy Award for Best Picture. When we heard the words “12 Years a Slave”,  along with a room packed with Hollywood’s great and good, we jumped up and cheered. Actually, Deborah and Mary screamed!

I can’t imagine there’d have been a better seat to be in than the one next to Steve’s family. And as the show ended, and the throng struggled up the stairs to get onto the dinners and parties, we three ploughed down to the stage, to hug that wonderful man and the team around him.

Read the rest of this article from Radio Times.

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