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SMALL AXE: RED, WHITE & BLUE

Steve McQueen | 2020 | 80 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

A black British man who in the 1980s abandoned a career in science to become a police officer, despite – or in some agonisingly redemptive sense, because of – the fact that his father was once beaten up by racists in uniform. When Leroy sees his father assaulted by two policemen, he finds himself driven to revisiting a childhood ambition to become a police officer - an ambition born from the naïve hope of wanting to change racist attitudes from within.

First, Leroy must face the consequences of his father’s disapproval, never mind the blatant racism he finds in his new role as a despised - yet exemplary - Constable in the Metropolitan Police Force. John Boyega and Steve Toussaint star.

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