12 YEARS A SLAVE
8.30PM, SBS MA. 2013. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Steve McQueen directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part on Northup’s memoir. Far from comfortable viewing, an unflinchingly brutal look at US slavery that is utterly brilliant.
8.30PM, NINE M. 2002. A desperate father holds a hospital ward hostage to ensure his son receives the lifesaving operation he can’t afford. This manipulative and superficial drama wastes the talents of its cast, which includes Denzel Washington and Robert Duvall.
NOW IS GOOD
10.20PM, 7FLIX M. 2012. Diagnosed with a terminal illness at 17, Tessa, played by Dakota Fanning, determines to live as any teen would, including losing her virginity and taking drugs. And then there was Adam ...