Steve McQueen



Steve McQueen’s multistrand anthology of West Indian immigrant life in London opens in the late 1960s with this stirring ensemble film. In a Caribbean restaurant, a group of Black activists, intellectuals, and ordinary people converge and unite in struggle against incessant police harassment, leading to an explosive showdown on the streets and a courtroom drama that challenges the racist power structures of British society. Based on real events, this is a passionate vision of community as a form of resistance, performed by a dynamic cast (led by Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright, and Malachi Kirby) and bolstered by McQueen’s eye for vivid sensory detail.

Film Info

  • United Kingdom
  • 2020
  • 133 minutes
  • Black and White/Color
  • 2.39:1
  • English

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Small Axe

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Gary Beadle
Dol Isaacs
Darren Braithwaite
Anthony Carlisle Inniss
Richie Campbell
Rothwell Kentish
Thomas Coombes
PC Royce
Gershwyn Eustache Jr.
Eddie Lecointe
Duane Facey-Pearson
Rupert Boyce
Jumayn Hunter
Godfrey Millett
Alex Jennings
Judge Edward Clarke
Malachi Kirby
Darcus Howe
Jack Lowden
Ian Macdonald
Nathaniel Martello-White
Rhodan Gordon
Jodhi May
Selma James
Shaun Parkes
Frank Crichlow
Joseph Quinn
PC Dixon
Rochenda Sandall
Barbara Beese
Sam Spruell
PC Pulley
Samuel West
Mr. Hill
Letitia Wright
Altheia Jones
Steve McQueen
Executive producer
Tracey Scoffield
Executive producer
David Tanner
Executive producer
Steve McQueen
Screenplay by
Alastair Siddons
Screenplay by
Steve McQueen
Michael Elliott
Anita Overland
Director of photography
Shabier Kirchner
Supervising editor
Chris Dickens
Production designer
Helen Scott
Chris Dickens
Steve McQueen
Costume designer
Lisa Duncan
Hair and makeup designer
JoJo Williams
Script supervisor
Phoebe Billington
Original score by
Mica Levi
Gary Davy
Sound mixer
Ronald Bailey
Supervising art director
Adam Marshall
Stills photographer
Des Willie
Stills photographer
Kieron McCarron
Barbara Beese
Ian MacDonald
Selma James
Paul Gilroy
Music supervisor
Ed Bailie
Music supervisor
Abi Leland


Small Axe: Seared into Consciousness
Small Axe: Seared into Consciousness

Steve McQueen’s monumental, five-film portrait of London’s West Indian community is a howl of endorsement for political resistance and a vivid indictment of institutional malaise.

By Ashley Clark