Small Axe

Alex Wheatle

An extraordinary journey of self-discovery and political, and musical, awakening.

Image from Alex Wheatle

BBC 2020
Dir Steve McQueen
With Sheyi Cole, Jonathan Jules, Robbie Gee, Fumilayo Brown-Olateju
65min

The fourth film in McQueen’s anthology is based on the extraordinary life of award-winning novelist Alex Wheatle (Cole), who was a writing consultant on the Small Axe films. Growing up in a white institutional care system devoid of love, Wheatle found his own path towards a spiritual and political awakening into Black consciousness through his passion for music and DJing, and a connection to Brixton’s multifaceted Caribbean community. The film shows that, against all odds, he transcended an immensely difficult childhood to forge his own success.

Joint ticket available with talk The Making of Small Axe with Steve McQueen, Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner and guests £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less); joint tickets must be booked via box office on 020 7928 3232 or in person.