Steve McQueen is one of the best filmmakers working today, and now we have our first real look at his new project Small Axe, an anthology of five original films that will begin rolling out on Amazon Prime Video this November.
McQueen is the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind 12 Years a Slave, as well as Hunger, Shame and Widows. He is a true artist in every sense of the word, and I’m excited to see what he’s been working on for the past couple years, especially since Small Axe was clearly a passion project for the British writer-director. Commissioned by the BBC, the five films are set between the late ’60s and the mid ’80s, and tell personal stories from London’s West Indian community. The anthology’s title is derived from the African proverb, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.”
The first film, Mangrove, will premiere on Friday, Nov. 20. The story …