The latest project from Steve McQueen (Widows, Shame), the film anthology Small Axe, has finally set a release date.
The anthology, comprised of five films (Mangrove, Lover’s Rock, Education, Alex Wheatle, and Red, White and Blue) will roll out weekly, with the first film, Mangrove, becoming available to stream on Amazon on Nov. 20. All of the films are set from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s, with a focus on London’s West Indian community.
Mangrove stars Letitia Wright as Altheia Jones-LeCointe, leader of the British Black Panther Movement, and centers on a Carribbean restaurant that is repeatedly raided by police. Lover’s Rock, which will hit Amazon on Nov. 27, takes place at a house party, while Education, which will debut on Dec. 4, focuses on a 12-year-old boy affected by segregation in education. The last two films in the anthology, Alex Wheatle and Red, White and Blue, debuting on Dec. 11 and 18, respectively, tell the true story of the novelist Alex Wheatle as a young adult, and of a policeman (John Boyega) who, after witnessing an act of police violence, decides to try to change the system from the inside out.
The new trailer offers glimpses at all five films, as well as their impressive casts, from Wright and Boyega to Malachi Kirby, Naomi Ackie, and Shaun Parkes.