Small Axe

Edition no. 1177

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MangroveLovers RockRed, White and BlueAlex WheatleEducation
Amazon Studios
Directed by: Steve McQueen

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.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 , 1.85:1 , 2.00:1 , 2.35:1 , 1.60:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 3 Discs |  BD-50
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  • New conversation between Steve 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
  • An essay by film programmer and critic Ashley Clark

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