Steve McQueen, Director and Producer of nine-times Oscar nominated and ten-times BAFTA nominated film, '12 Years a Slave' visited Parliament on Monday 3 February 2014.
During the visit Mr McQueen met
- The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow
- Marianne Cwynarski, Chair of ParliReach
- the Clerk of the House
- the Rt Hon Ed Milliband, the Leader of the Opposition
- Sir Kevin Barron, Chair of the Film All Party Group
- Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain, and
- Lord Neil Kinnock.
Mr Speaker welcomed Mr McQueen to Parliament and asked him to introduce his film to an invited audience. After Steve McQueen spoke about his work, there was a private viewing of the film for MPs, Peers and members of ParliReach.
ParliREACH is a workplace equality network for increasing awareness and appreciation of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage (REACH) issues in Parliament. The network is open to everyone on the Parliamentary Estate, including Members’ staff from both Houses.
Commenting on Mr McQueen’s visit the Speaker said:
"Steve McQueen is an inspiration to us all. I am honoured to welcome him to the Houses of Parliament and wish him every success at the Oscars."
Image: Roger Harris / Parliamentary copyright