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SMALL AXE: LOVERS ROCK

Steve McQueen | 2020 | 70 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

Lovers Rock tells a fictional story of young love at a blues party in 1980. Intoxicating and nostalgic loaded with tactile, sensuous storytelling. The film is an ode to the romantic reggae genre, Lovers Rock, and to the young black people who found freedom and love in its sound in London house parties when they were unwelcome in white nightclubs.

Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn makes her screen debut opposite the Bafta’s 2020 Rising Star award recipient Michael Ward (‘Top Boy’). Shaniqua Okwok (‘Boys), Kedar Williams-Stirling (‘Sex Education’), Ellis George (‘Dr Who’), Alexander James-Blake (‘Top Boy’), and Kadeem Ramsay (‘Blue Story’) also star, as well as Francis Lovehall and Daniel Francis-Swaby who make their screen debuts.

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