Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), 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.
Initially tipped for Award glory, The Birth of a Nation has had a fascinating post-release story as interesting as the production itself. Shrouded in racial controversy, criminal allegations against the director re-surfacing and a general critical backlash it’s now time for you to decide on the films merits yourself.
The Birth of a Nation is available on Blu-ray and DVD from 17th April, courtesy of Twentieth century Fox Home Entertainment