The synopsis for Birth Of A Nation is as follows:
Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Nate Parker wrote, directed, produced and stars in this drama about the 1831 slave rebellion and was a huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize and also Fox Searchlight bought the film for $17.5m, the biggest Sundance deal of all time. The whole backstory to how Birth Of A Nation came to be is a very interesting read especially on Nate Parker’s part as he told his agents that he was quitting acting…until he could play American revolutionary Nat Turner and how he invested his own money to get it off the ground running (full article of that story can be found at The Hollywood Reporter). Also starring in Birth Of A Nation is Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, Aunjane Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Gabrielle Union.
As a teaser trailer it definitely sets the heavy tone that you’re going to get with the material as well as the turmoil that Nat Turner is going through before he finally sets out to do something about it as enough becomes enough and the most striking image from the trailer is the two goals coming out of the door. I really should seek out Nate Parker’s other performance as the only film I’ve seen him in and remember is actually Tunnel Rats (Vietnam War film by Uwe Bowl) and looks like Jackie Earle Haley is set to make a memorable impression if this trailer is anything to go by and this already definitely feels like a contender comes award season.
Birth Of A Nation is scheduled for cinematic release is 7th October 2016 (US) and 20th January 2017 (UK).