Small Axe

Small Axe

With the five films that make up his Small Axe anthology (Mangrove; Lovers Rock; Red, White and Blue; Alex Wheatle; and Education), director Steve McQueen offers a richly evocative panorama of West Indian life in London from the 1960s through the ’80s—a time defined for the community by the terror of police violence, the empowering awakening of political consciousness, and the ecstatic escape of a vibrant reggae scene. Ranging in tone from the tenderly impressionistic to the devastatingly clear-eyed, these powerfully performed portraits of Black resistance, joy, creativity, and collective action—all sumptuously shot by Shabier Kirchner—form a revolutionary counterhistory of mid-twentieth-century Britain at a transformational moment.

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  • Spine #1177

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Coming soon, available Apr 25, 2023

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Small Axe

DIRECTOR-APPROVED THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K masters of all five films, approved by director Steve McQueen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
  • New conversation between McQueen and writer and professor Paul Gilroy
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes including interviews with McQueen, executive producer Tracey Scoffield, writing consultant Alex Wheatle, and members of the Small Axe cast
  • Uprising (2021), a three-part documentary codirected by McQueen and James Rogan about the tragic 1981 New Cross house fire
  • Audio conversation among McQueen, music producer Dennis Bovell, and Beastie Boys member Mike D
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Ashley Clark

    New cover by Greg Bunbury