Take a Closer Look at the Stories That Inspired Steve McQueen's Small Axe Anthology
Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed Amazon Prime anthology series Small Axe emerges as a set of five films that detail Black life in the UK from the '60s through the '80s, starring A-listers such as John Boyega and Letitia Wright. The installations directly take inspiration from real political and social accounts during a time when discrimination was prevalent, blending drama with actual history. So, what are the real stories? Here's a breakdown of how each episode taps into actual Black British life from decades ago.
史蒂夫·麦昆(Steve McQueen)广受好评的亚马逊精选系列电影《小斧头》(Small Axe)是一套五部电影，讲述了从20世纪60年代到80年代英国黑人的生活，由约翰·博耶加(John Boyega)和利蒂夏·赖特(Letitia Wright)等一线明星主演。这些装置直接从歧视盛行的时代的真实政治和社会账户中获得灵感，将戏剧与真实的历史融合在一起。那么，真正的故事是什么？下面是每一集如何深入了解几十年前英国黑人的真实生活的细目。
"Mangrove," the first episode, follows the trial of Black activists accused of inciting riots in 1970. Protestors had been standing up against police harassment of patrons at The Mangrove, a Caribbean restaurant in Notting Hill that was frequented by Black intellectuals and artists. The nine activists accused, known as the Mangrove Nine, successfully pushed for judicial acknowledgment of racism from the Metropolitan police force. Among those standing trial were Altheia Jones-LeCointe, a scientist and a Black Panther Party leader. Jones-LeCointe is portrayed by none other than Wright, who herself starred in Marvel's Black Panther as Shuri.
第一集《红树林》讲述了1970年对被控煽动骚乱的黑人积极分子的审判。抗议者一直在诺丁山的加勒比餐厅红树林(Mangrove)挺身而出，反对警察骚扰顾客，黑人知识分子和艺术家经常光顾这家餐厅。被指控的九名活动人士被称为红树林九人组(Mangrove Nine)，他们成功地推动大都会警察部队承认种族主义。受审的人中有科学家、黑豹党领袖阿尔西娅·琼斯-勒科因特(Altheia Jones-LeCointe)。琼斯-勒科因特是由赖特饰演的，赖特本人也曾在漫威的《黑豹》中饰演舒里。
"Lovers Rock," the second episode, follows a house party in London in the 1980s. House parties known as "blues parties" were common in the '80s in the Black community because of racism in the club scene. According to The Guardian, "Lovers Rock" is based on the experiences of McQueen's aunt and his screenwriter's (Courttia Newland) mother.
第二集“Lovers Rock”讲述了20世纪80年代伦敦的一次家庭聚会。上世纪80年代，由于俱乐部里的种族主义，被称为“布鲁斯派对”的家庭聚会在黑人社区很常见。据英国《卫报》报道，《Lovers Rock》是根据麦昆的姑姑和他的编剧柯蒂娅·纽兰(Courttia Newland)的母亲的经历改编的。
The third episode follows Leroy Logan, a Black man who abandoned his career in research science and joined the London police force after his father, Kenneth, a lorry driver, was beaten by the police. Boyega (who notably demonstrated against police brutality) portrays Logan, who believed that reform could happen from within the police force. Logan eventually became a Metropolitan police superintendent and a chair of the Black Police Association.
Episode four follows the life of Alex Wheatle, an award-winning British novelist who spent his childhood mostly in the Shirley Oaks children's home. Later on, he moved to Brixton, where he was incarcerated for six months for his participation in the Brixton uprising in April 1981. Wheatle had joined protesters who demonstrated against systemic racism and police abuse of the Black community. His experiences later inspired him to write the 1999 novel Brixton Rock, which is set during the Brixton riots.
第四集讲述了获奖英国小说家亚历克斯·惠特尔(Alex Wheatle)的生活，他的童年大部分时间都是在雪莉·奥克斯(Shirley Oaks)儿童之家度过的。后来，他搬到了布里克斯顿，在那里他因参与1981年4月的布里克斯顿起义而被监禁了6个月。惠特勒加入了抗议系统性种族主义和警察虐待黑人社区的抗议者的行列。他的经历后来启发他在1999年写了小说《布里克斯顿岩石》，故事发生在布里克斯顿骚乱期间。
"Education" tells the story of Kingsley, a young Black boy who ends up in a school for children with special needs in the '70s. His overworked parents are unaware of the unofficial segregation policy at play, which keeps Black children from receiving an equal education as their white peers. The episode is based on the real (and underreported) de facto school segregation in the borough of Haringey in north London. Administrators often labeled young Black children as "problematic" or "disruptive," then sent them to special-needs schools.
See how McQueen delves into each of these stories for yourself — the first two Small Axe films will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 20.