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Small Axe

NR 68m

Small Axe is an anthology series comprised of five original films from Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen (Hunger, 12 Years A Slave). Set from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s, the films tell personal stories from London's West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination. The title is derived from the African proverb, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.”

Starring: Micheal Ward, Amarah Jae-St. Aubyn, Shaniqua Okwok, Francis Lovehall, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Kadeem Ramsay, Ellis George, Daniel Francis-Swaby, Marcus Fraser, Saffron Coomber, Frankie Fox, Romario Simpson, Alexander James-Blake, Jermaine Freeman

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Written by: Steve McQueen, Alastair Siddons (Mangrove; Red, White and Blue; Alex Wheatle), Courttia Newland (Lovers Rock; Education)

Produced by: Executive Producer Tracey Scoffield, Executive Producer David Tanner, Executive Producer Steve McQueen, Executive Producer, Producer, Michael Elliott, Producer Anita Overland

Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Durran, Helen Scott, Helen Bart