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Small Axe 

Five phenomenal films about race relations in the UK.
By Sarah Ward
January 11, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
January 11, 2021
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Five phenomenal films about race relations in the UK.

In a normal year, the five movies that comprise Small Axe would've likely screened in cinemas, and would be in the running for a heap of the film industry's shiniest trophies as a result. The entire quintet is directed by Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave and Widows filmmaker Steve McQueen, and every entry is as phenomenal as anything he has ever made. Given his resume, that isn't a statement we make lightly.

The focus: the treatment of London's West Indian population from the 60s through until the 80s, with the series of films exploring the racist behaviour directed their way and the methods in which the community waged their resistance. The powerful Mangrove gets the series started, bringing a potent true tale to the screen with a cast that includes Black Panther's Letitia Wright — and, although it is excellent, so is the dance party-set Lovers Rock, the John Boyega-starring Red, White and Blue, biopic Alex Wheatle and the school-focused Education.

Published on January 11, 2021 by Sarah Ward
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