SMALL AXE is an anthology of a multi-faceted history which has never been given the attention it deserves; Steve McQueen has created five films inspired by real-life events in the 70s and 80s within the UK’s West-Indian community. Each part taking a different position, SMALL AXE poignantly explores how systemic racism continuously fuels injustice and the fight for civil rights is not the same for all in Europe. The series of films also celebrate the unique culture of the West Indies, which influenced and inspired not just Britain but the whole of Europe. With its strong performances of a fantastic ensemble of actors and its overall cinematic impact, SMALL AXE shows McQueen’s huge talent as an innovative storyteller, while leaving audiences unable to un-see a painful facet of our reality again, but never forgetting to reveal the joy of the every day.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Written by: Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Steve McQueen, Alastair Siddons, Courttia Newland

Produced by: Michael Elliott, Anita Overland

Cinematography: Shabier Kirchner

Editing: Chris Dickens, Ana García, Steve McQueen

Production Design: Helen Scott

Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, Sinéad Kidao, Lisa Duncan

Casting: Gary Davy

Nominations and Awards

  • European Innovative Storytelling 2021