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SMALL AXE: MANGROVE

Steve McQueen | 2020 | 127 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

The first film, centres on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), the owner of Notting Hill’s Caribbean restaurant Mangrove, a lively community base for locals, intellectuals and activists.1970 - the local police raid Mangrove time after time, making Frank and the local community take to the streets in peaceful protest.

When nine men and women, including Frank and leader of the British Black Panther Movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright) and activist Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby) are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot, a highly publicised trial ensues, leading to hard-fought win for those fighting against discrimination.

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