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SMALL AXE: EDUCATION

Steve McQueen | 2020 | 63 MINS
UK
We regret we are unable to go ahead with the five episodes of 'Small Axe' due to complicated issues of rights of the use of the large amount of commercial recordings contained in all five films. The decision has been made to also withdraw the talk on Aug 22.

In Detail

Education is the coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Kingsley (Kenyah Sandy) with a fascination for astronauts and rockets. When Kingsley is called to the headmaster’s office for being disruptive in class, he discovers he’s being sent to school for those with 'special needs'.

Distracted by working two jobs, his parents (Sharlene Whyte, Daniel Francis) are unaware of what was the unofficial segregation policy at play that is preventing many Black children from having the education they deserve - until a group of West Indian women take matters into their own hands. Bafta-award winning Naomi Ackie also stars. Education was co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen

Small Axe

We are proud to be able to screen Steve McQueen’s BBC ‘s TV event of the year, a collection of five films for television based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community. For these rare screenings to be shown on the Big Screen we are grateful for permission from the BBC and BFI South Bank. (LOGO)

Set between 1968 and 1982, these five standalone stories shown here in chronological order 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.

Writers: Steve McQueen, Alastair Siddons, Courttia Newland
Director: Steve McQueen
Producers: Mike Elliot, Anita Overland

Special Offer - All 5 Films & Talk £25