Small Axe: Season 1

Small Axe: Season 1

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Comprised of five original films, this anthology series from Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) tells different stories centred on the lives of London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. The title is derived from the African proverb, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.”

2020Rating: TV-MAUKPrime Video, BBC
Drama

Small Axe: Season 1 | Awards

Award Winner
Best Supporting Actor (Boyega) - Movie Made for TV, Golden Globes 2021

Small Axe: Season 1 | Reviews

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BBC

BBC

Mangrove review: I think every single scene is necessary and every single character is brilliant.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Lovers Rock review: The film's sensuality and flares of pure joy lingered with me long after it was over.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Red, White and Blue review: Plays like a breaking point.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Alex Wheatle review: Of the five films in McQueen's opus, Alex Wheatle is the one I liked least.

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Variety

Variety

Education review: Watch it with your kids - it's the most accessible to young audiences - and share it with others.

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