‘Small Axe’ trailer: First look at ’12 Years a Slave’ director’s new BBC drama

The BBC has released the first trailer for Small Axe.

The upcoming anthology series comes from British director Steve McQueen, whose movie 12 Years a Slave won three Oscars in 2014.

Set from the late 1960s to the early ’80s within London’s West Indian community, Small Axe will tell five separate stories.

The series of TV movies boasts an impressive cast, including John Boyega (Star Wars), Malachi Kirby (Black Mirror), Shaun Parkes (Lost In Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria), and Jack Lowden (The Long Song).

This trailer is for the first film in the series, titled ‘Mangrove’, which stars Avengers: Infinity War actress Letitia Wright:


The official synopsis for ‘Mangrove’ reads: “Fifty years ago, on 9 August 1970, 150 protestors marched against police harassment in Notting Hill.

“This is the true story of the Mangrove 9, a group of Black activists who were arrested for leading the protest and who changed British history by taking a stand against racial discrimination.”

Writer and director Steve McQueen commented earlier this year: “I dedicate these films to George Floyd and all the other Black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the US, UK and elsewhere.”

Small Axe will air on BBC One in the UK this autumn and around the world on Amazon Prime Video.

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12 Years A Slave is available on DVD on Amazon.