New Trailer for Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' Anthology of Five Films
by Alex Billington
September 21, 2020
"Don't you think it's time things were different…?" "We mustn't be victims but protagonists of our stories." Amazon has debuted a new promo trailer for Steve McQueen's Small Axe, an anthology series of five films debuting streaming later this fall. They're also playing at the New York & London Film Festivals - which is why this trailer is being released now. Small Axe consists of five different films - titled Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Alex Wheatle, Education, and Red, White and Blue. Based on true stories, they celebrate little known stories of Black pride and resilience, like the Mangrove March. Learn about what happens when even ordinary people stand up to police brutality and racial injustice to achieve something transformative. The very first trailer was only for the Mangrove film, this one features footage from all five. The casts include Letitia Wright, John Boyega, Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, Jack Lowden, Micheal Ward, and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn. I can't wait to watch, they look wonderful. As the quote hints, they all celebrate Black lives instead of making them victims, telling triumphant stories.
Here's the new promo trailer for Steve McQueen's anthology series Small Axe, from Amazon's YouTube:
You can still watch the first teaser trailer for McQueen's Mangrove film here, for some additional footage.
"If you are the big tree, we are the small axe." -Jamaican proverb. Small Axe is a collection of five films inspired by real-life events about ordinary people showing courage, belief, and resilience to overcome injustice and achieve something transformative in their West Indian community. Set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a different story involving London’s West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination. It is produced by Turbine Studios and Steve McQueen's Lammas Park for BBC One with Amazon Studios co-producing in the US. The five films that make up Small Axe are: Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Alex Wheatle, Education, and Red, White and Blue. Small Axe is directed by British filmmaker Steve McQueen, of the films Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, and Widows previously. The scripts are by Steve McQueen, Alastair Siddons, and Courttia Newland. Three of the films will premiere at this year's New York Film Festival. Amazon Studios will release the entire Small Axe anthology series of five films starting on November 20th this fall. Look good so far?
The times they are a changin', says Dylan ...
shiboleth on Sep 21, 2020
dan on Sep 26, 2020
On ALL five of the films? Each one different? Each one unique? Okay...
Alex Billington on Sep 26, 2020
sorry, alex. but when i hear them singing about us being a "big tree" and they consider themselves a "sharp ax" to "cut me down" - it's hard for me to see this as uplifting and more as radicals interested in anarchy. i could be wrong and i will pay attention to reviews of the movies in hopes i AM wrong.
dan on Oct 5, 2020
Uhhhhh nope. You are completely and totally wrong. I would encourage you to listen to their stories and understand their plight. They have lived under oppression and hate and racism for so long, that any desire to rise up is a righteous fight for equality. And these stories are about them living their lives and trying to make the world better for everyone. All of the films shown so far have received rave reviews - from every critic. Give them a read, they're out there.
Alex Billington on Oct 5, 2020
topics like this are always bound to stir up strong feelings and i certainly think everyone has a right to believe what they want...so i certainly have no issue with your thoughts - even though i do not agree.
dan on Oct 9, 2020
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