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Wed Nov 19, 2014, 03:07 PM

Steve McQueen to make film about Paul Robeson

A spot of happy news.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/nov/18/steve-mcqueen-to-make-film-about-paul-robeson?CMP=share_btn_fb

The Oscar-winning director of 12 Years a Slave reveals that his next project will take as its subject the American civil rights activist, singer and actor



The artist and director Steve McQueen has revealed that his next film will be about the black American actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson.

McQueen, whose last film 12 Years a Slave won an Oscar for best picture, described the movie as his dream project.

“His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger,” McQueen said, referring to his debut movie, about the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. “But I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice.”

McQueen was speaking on stage in New York at the Hidden Heroes awards, organised by the Andrew Goodman Foundation, named in honour of one of three young civil rights activists murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi in 1964.

The director told the audience that he first discovered Robeson at the age of 14. A neighbour called Mr Milton used to give McQueen books and articles he thought might be of interest, and one day put a cutting about Robeson through his parents’ letterbox.

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During the McCarthy era in the US, Robeson was denounced as a communist, blacklisted from film studios and concert venues, and refused a passport to travel abroad. Though it was reinstated in 1958, his career – along with his mental health – had been brutally curtailed.

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Starry Messenger Nov 2014 OP
Jackpine Radical Nov 2014 #1
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johnp3907 Nov 2014 #3
Starry Messenger Nov 2014 #4
ctsnowman Nov 2014 #5
Doctor_J Nov 2014 #6
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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:05 PM

1. How wonderful!

It's time we started telling each other stories like this. Robeson's story is likely to convey more about the realities of American history than 6 dozen conventional history books, and to do so in a compelling way that gets across.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:08 PM

2. Right?

I'm so thrilled--what a great team to do the story too!

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 04:29 PM

3. I'm so out of touch.

My first thought was "He died years ago!"

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Response to johnp3907 (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 06:26 PM

4. Different Steve!

I know, I do that in my head too.

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Response to johnp3907 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 11:09 AM

5. Me too.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 02:06 PM

6. Robeson was also a football star

 

as was Woody Strode. They were both old and injured before the NFL was integrated though.

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Thu Nov 20, 2014, 02:16 PM

7. I hope they go outside the box for casting

 

Though I am sure Jamie Foxx and Denzel and Idris and Samuel L will try for the part, and would probably be fine, the star of this film will be a shoo-in for an oscar nom and could make the career of an equally talented but less famous actor. I'm thinking here of Eamonn Walker or Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje or even Billy Brown

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