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Small Axe

Small Axe is an anthology series which comprises of five original films by Academy Award, Bafta and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame)

“Small Axe refers to a West Indian proverb that means together we are strong. To me, it is a love letter to Black resilience, triumph, hope, music, joy and love as well as to friendship and family.”  Writer and Director Steve McQueen

Small Axe – Mangrove (Feature Length)

Episode 1

Mangrove tells this true story of The Mangrove Nine, who clashed with London police in 1970. The trial that followed was the first judicial acknowledgment of behaviour motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police.

Small Axe “Red, White and Blue”  (60 mins)

Episode 3

Red, White and Blue spotlights the true story of Leroy Logan, who at a young age saw his father assaulted by two policemen, motivating him to join the Metropolitan Police and change their racist attitudes from within. Shot on 35mm in 3-perf

Small Axe “Education” (60 mins)

Episode 5

Education focuses on a 12-year-old, Kingsley (Kenyah Sandy), who appears “normal” enough to our eyes, but is singled out by the administration as inferior to his classmates. When Kingsley acts up, the teacher sends him to the headmaster, who recommends to Kingsley’s parents that they send him to a “special” school, one better equipped to deal with his unique needs. Shot on Super 16mm



Writers: Steve McQueen, Alastair Siddons & Courttia Newland

Director: Steve McQueen

Director of Photography: Shabier Kirchner