The landmark television event of the year, Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film series reflects on timely themes of the Black British experience, discrimination and police brutality.
Headlined by John Boyega, Letitia Wright and an elite line-up of British talent across five standalone feature-length films, Small Axe arrives fresh off its festival circuit run – including the Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival – to unanimous critical acclaim
The first television project from Academy Award and BAFTA- winner Steve McQueen, this series of films for television is based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community. Set between 1969 and 1982, these standalone stories celebrate courage and community.
From a group of activists taking on a seemingly hopeless battle against police persecution, to a teenager experiencing a blues party full of dance, danger and romance, they’re a powerful reminder of how brave individuals can spark change. Small Axe delivers a message our divided world needs to hear: even the most marginalised voices can challenge the most powerful.
The screenwriting and directorial brainchild of Steve McQueen (Oscar-winning director of 12 Years A Slave), Small Axe has been in gestation for the past 11 years. It is an anthology of 5 short films set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, each closely zooming into a specific facet of politics, life and growing up West Indian in the UK.
Small Axe airs Monday, 16 November 2020 on BBC First (UnifiTV channel 481) and BBC Player.