From the director of 12 Years A Slave comes a special five-part anthology that consists of original movies set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. Each film narrates a powerful story of London’s West Indian community, whose lives were shaped by the power of their will amidst immense racism and discrimination within the society.
Small Axe was initially conceived as a TV series but Steve McQueen felt that the stories were strong enough to stand alone as original films. The five films that comprise Small Axe include Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red, White and Blue, Alex Wheatle, and Education.
According to Steve McQueen, “The anthology, anchored in the West Indian experience in London, is a celebration of all that that community has succeeded in achieving against the odds.” He also added saying, “Although all five films take place between the late 1960s and mid-80s, they are just as much a comment on the present as they were then… a commentary on where we were, where we are and where we want to go.”
The first film, Mangrove, was already shown at the London Film Festival. The story centres on the highly publicised trial against the ‘Mangrove Nine’ in 1970. It follows their wrongful arrest for starting a riot in a reign of racist terror. Mangrove premieres on BINGE come December 19.
After Mangrove, the rest of the four remaining films will drop one day after another. Lovers Rock on the 20th, Red, White and Blue on the 21st, Alex Wheatle on the 22nd, and Education on the 23rd.
Where to Watch or Stream Small Axe
There’s only one way to tune in to all five movies from Steve McQueen’s five-part anthology, and that’s on BINGE. You can get instant access to Small Axe plus the world’s best shows on BINGE from only $10 per month. If that’s not enough of a treat, you can also stream all five original films completely for free when you avail of of their 14-day free trial.
Afterwards, you can choose to subscribe to the Basic plan ($10 per month), Standard plan ($14 per month), or the Premium plan ($18 per month), which would give you HD resolution and 4 simultaneous streaming.