Arriveranno su Amazon prime a partire dal prossimo 20 novembre, i cinque film diretti da Steve McQueen e ambientati a Londra.
Il progetto Small Axe comincerà con Mangrove, interpretato da Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright e Malachi Kirby, ambientato negli anni ’70, tra polizia razzista, proteste e arresti.
Proseguirà il 27 novembre con Lovers Rock, una storia d’amore tra due ragazzi ad un Blues Party nel 1980, con la debuttante Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn e Micheal Ward.
Il terzo film uscirà il 4 dicembre, Education: un racconto di formazione su un ragazzino di colore, di nome Kinsley, inviato in uno scuola per ragazzi difficili, che nasconde una sottile forma di segregazione. Nel cast Naomi Ackie.
Alex Wheatle, è il titolo del quarto film in uscita l’11 dicembre, che racconta la storia di uno scrittore premiato, cresciuto in una casa famiglia prevalentemente bianca, capace di ritrovare se stesso a Brixton, prima di finire in prigione nel 1981 in occasione del Brixton Uprising. Jonathan Jules e Robbie Gee sono i protagonisti.
Infine il 18 dicembre il quintetto si conclude con Red, White and Blue, interpretato da John Boyega nei panni Leroy Logan, uno sceinziato forense che si ribella alla violenza della polizia nei confronti del padre e decide lui stesso di diventare poliziotto nella Metropolitan Police Force.
Il titolo viene da un proverbio giamaicano: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe”.
Questo è il trailer:
Queste invece sono le sinossi ufficiali:
Here’s the synopsis for the rest of the anthology films.
MANGROVE (Premieres Friday, November 20)
Mangrove centers on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), the owner of Notting Hill’s Caribbean restaurant, Mangrove, a lively community base for locals, intellectuals and activists. In a reign of racist terror, the local police raid Mangrove time after time, making Frank and the local community take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970. When nine men and women, including Frank and leader of the British Black Panther Movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright), and activist Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby), are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot, a highly publicized trial ensues, leading to hard-fought win for those fighting against discrimination. Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), and Malachi Kirby (Curfew) star alongside Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Jack Lowden (The Long Song), Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsmen), Gershwyn Eustache (The Gentleman), Nathaniel Martello-White (Collateral), Richie Campbell (Liar), Jumayn Hunter (Les Miserables), and Gary Beadle (Summer of Rockets). Mangrove was co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE (Premieres Friday, December 4)
Red, White and Blue tells the true story of Leroy Logan, a young forensic scientist with a yearning to do 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 a police officer; an ambition borne from the naïve hope of wanting to change racist attitudes from within. First, Leroy has to 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 (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia) star with talented newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye. Red, White and Blue was co-written by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen.
ALEX WHEATLE (Premieres Friday, December 11)
Alex Wheatle follows the true story of award-winning writer, Alex Wheatle (Sheyi Cole), from a young boy through his early adult years. Having spent his childhood in a mostly white institutional care home with no love or family, he finally finds not only a sense of community for the first time in Brixton, but his identity and ability to grow his passion for music and DJing. When he is thrown in prison during the Brixton Uprising of 1981, he confronts his past and sees a path to healing. Sheyi Cole stars opposite Jonathan Jules. Alex Wheatle was co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen.
EDUCATION (Premieres Friday, December 18)
Education is the coming of age story of 12-year-old Kingsley, a boy with a fascination for astronauts and rockets. When Kingsley is called to the Headmaster’s office for disruptive behaviour in class, he is shocked to discover his transfer to a school for those with “special needs.” Distracted by working two jobs, his parents are unaware of what was an unofficial segregation policy at play, preventing many Black children from having the education they deserve until a group of West Indian women take matters into their own hands. Newcomer Kenyah Sandy stars opposite Sharlene Whyte (We Hunt Together, Casualty), Daniel Francis (Once Upon A Time, Homefront), Tamara Lawrance (The Long Song, Kindred) and Josette Simon (Wonder Woman, Silent Witness, Law & Order: UK). Education was co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen.