New Small Axe trailer teases five inspiring stories from Steve McQueen
Amazon Prime Video has released a fresh trailer for Oscar-winner Steve McQueen’s forthcoming anthology drama series titled Small Axe, providing us with a fresh preview of the five original films titled Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Education, Alex Wheatle, and Red, White, and Blue, which are predicated on real-life events of ordinary people showing courage, belief, and resilience to overcome injustice and achieve something transformative within their community. Browse the Small Axe trailer in the ball player below!
The official synopsis and release dates of the films are the following:
on November 20
-Set to debut, Mangrove tells this true story of the Mangrove 9, a combined band of Black activists who clashed with London police throughout a protest march in 1970, and the publicized trial that followed highly. The trial was the initial judicial acknowledgment of behavior motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police.
on November 27
-Set to debut, Lovers Rock tells a fictional story of young love at a Blues party in 1980. The film can be an ode to the romantic reggae genre called “Lovers Rock” also to the Black youth who found freedom and love in its sound in London house parties, if they were unwelcome in white nightclubs.
on December 4
-Set to debut, Education may be the coming old story of 12-year-old Kingsley (Kenyah Sandy), who includes a fascination for rockets and astronauts. When Kingsley is pulled to the headmaster’s office to be disruptive in class, he discovers he’s being delivered to a educational school for all those with “special needs.
Distracted by working two jobs, his parents (Sharlene Smith, Daniel Francis) don’t realize the unofficial segregation policy at play, preventing many Black children from receiving the scholarly education they deserve, until a combined band of West Indian women take matters to their own hands.
on December 11
-Set to debut, Alex Wheatle follows the real story of award-winning writer, Alex Wheatle (Sheyi Cole), from the young boy through his early adult years. Having spent his childhood in a white institutional care house with no love or family mostly, he finally finds not just a sense of community for the very first time in Brixton, but his ability and identity to cultivate his passion for music and DJ’ing. When he could be thrown in prison through the Brixton Uprising of 1981, he confronts his past and sees a way to healing.
on December 18
-Set to debut, Red, White, and Blue tells the real story of Leroy Logan (John Boyega), a forensic scientist with a yearning to accomplish a lot more than his solitary laboratory work. When he sees his father assaulted by two policemen, he finds himself driven to revisiting a childhood ambition to become officer; an ambition borne from the naïve hope of attempting to change racist attitudes from within.
Leroy must face the results of his father’s disapproval, and the blatant racism he finds in his new role as a despised yet exemplary constable in the Metropolitan POLICE.
is an anthology made up of five original films set from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s that tell different stories involving London’s West Indian community, whose lives have already been shaped by their very own force of will despite rampant discrimination and racism. This title comes from the African proverb, “In case you are the big tree, we have been the tiny axe.” The five films featured along with Mangrove are Lovers Rock, Alex Wheatle, Education and Red, Blue and white. Additionally it is the title of a Bob Marley song from his album Catch a Fire.
The series stars Wright and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) alongside Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots).
Small Axe was made by McQueen alongside Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland. Alex Wheatle is serving as a writing consultant. McQueen may also executive produce alongside Tracey David and Scoffield Tanner for Turbine Studios. Turbine Studios is producing with Lammas Park, alongside Anita Mike and Overland Elliot for EMU Films. The series will premiere on BBC One with BBC Studios handling international distribution while Amazon has acquired the U.S. rights.