'12 Years A Slave' may only be director Steve McQueen's third feature film, but this heavy-hitting slave about US slavery has taken on all comers and emerged as the hot favourite for Best Film and Best Director at the BAFTA Awards next month, following this morning's nominations.

Three of its actors - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyongo'o and Michael Fassbender - have also been given nods, so what is all the fuss about?

The film is in UK cinemas from Friday. WATCH our exclusive footage behind the scenes with the cast below...