In “Small Axe,” Steve McQueen Exposes Nuanced Truths of Black Life in Britain
The British filmmaker’s new anthology consists of five discrete installments that explore London’s West Indian community
December 12, 2020
3 minute read
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, better to be held in the warm focus of Steve McQueen’s gaze than one more narrow and uninterested in defining beauty anew. The British filmmaker, born to Grenadian and Trinidadian parents who immigrated to the United Kingdom as part of the Carribean’s Windrush generation in the late 1940s, explores life in London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early ’80s in Small Axe, his enthralling new five-film anthology now streaming in the U.S. on Amazon Prime Video (and available in the U.K. on BBC One).
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