Small Axe

Season 1
 (373)7.92020X-Ray16+
Small Axe is a collection of five original films by Steve McQueen set from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s that tell personal stories from London's West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination. New film every Friday from Nov 20-Dec18.
Starring
John BoyegaLetitia WrightShaun Parkes
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]Français
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]Français

Watch for $0.00 with Prime

By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC.
Write review

  1. 1. Mangrove
    November 19, 2020
    2 h 7 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Français
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Français
    Mangrove tells the story of a restaurant and its owner in London’s Notting Hill; repeated police harassment leads to a protest march where nine arrests are made and result in a show trial at the Old Bailey in 1971, making legal history. The true story of the Mangrove Nine.
  2. 2. Lovers Rock
    November 26, 2020
    1 h 10 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Français
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Français
    Lovers Rock is for lovers and rockers everywhere; and a love letter from Steve McQueen to the blues parties of yesteryear, when clothes were tight, and dancers smooched and skanked to the selector’s choice for a hot summer night in 1981.
  3. 3. Red, White and Blue
    December 3, 2020
    1 h 20 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Français
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Français
    Red, White and Blue spotlights the true story of Leroy Logan, who at a young age saw his father assaulted by two policemen, motivating him to join the Metropolitan Police and change their racist attitudes from within.
  4. 4. Alex Wheatle
    December 10, 2020
    1 h 6 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Français
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Français
    Alex Wheatle follows the true story of Alex Wheatle, award winning writer for young people, and his own remarkable and often hilarious journey through the care system, and then to prison following the Brixton Uprising in 1981.
  5. 5. Education
    December 17, 2020
    1 h 3 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Français
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Français
    Education is the story of an everyday hard working family whose daily lives are disrupted when Kingsley, the 12 year old son, is sent to a school for those with “special needs”. Education reveals the disgraceful story of Haringey Councils Educational segregation Policy in 1971.

Bonus (11)

  1. Bonus: Small Axe - Red, White and Blue Trailer
    Watch on supported devices
    November 22, 2020
    1min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Tells the true story of Leroy Logan, a young forensic scientist with a yearning to do more than his solitary laboratory work. When he sees his father assaulted by two policemen, he finds himself driven to revisiting a childhood ambition to become a police officer; an ambition borne from the naïve hope of wanting to change racist attitudes from within.
  2. Bonus: Small Axe - Alex Wheatle Trailer
    Watch on supported devices
    November 29, 2020
    30sec
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Follows the true story of award-winning writer, Alex Wheatle, from a young boy to adulthood. Having spent his childhood in a white institutional care home without love or family, he finally finds a sense of community for the first time in Brixton. When he is thrown in prison during the Brixton Uprising of 1981, he confronts his past and sees a path to healing.
  3. Bonus: Small Axe - Red, White and Blue Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
    Watch on supported devices
    December 3, 2020
    5min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Small Axe Executive Producers take you behind the scenes of the third film in the collection—Red, White and Blue.
  4. Bonus: Small Axe - Lovers Rock Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
    Watch on supported devices
    November 26, 2020
    4min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Small Axe Executive Producers take you behind the scenes of the second film in the collection—Lovers Rock.
  5. Bonus: Small Axe - Official Trailer
    Watch on supported devices
    September 19, 2020
    2min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    "If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.” -Jamaican proverb. Small Axe is a collection of five films inspired by real-life events about ordinary people showing courage, belief and resilience to overcome injustice and achieve something transformative in their West Indian community. The television debut by Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen.
  6. Bonus: Small Axe - Education Trailer
    Watch on supported devices
    December 9, 2020
    30sec
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    The story of adolescent Kingsley, who has a fascination for astronauts and rockets. As a result of being disruptive in class, he discovers he’s being sent to a school for those with “special needs.” His parents soon discover the unofficial segregation policy preventing many Black children from receiving the education they deserve and fight to stop it.
  7. Bonus: Small Axe - Mangrove Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
    Watch on supported devices
    November 19, 2020
    4min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Small Axe Executive Producers take you behind the scenes of the first film in the collection—Mangrove.
  8. Bonus: Small Axe - Mangrove Trailer
    Watch on supported devices
    September 17, 2020
    1min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    The first film of the Small Axe collection tells the harrowing true story of the Mangrove Nine who came together to lead a protest to stand-up against police brutality and injustice in their community. Starring Letitia Wright and Shaun Parkes. Written and directed by Academy Award winner Steve McQueen.
  9. Bonus: Small Axe - Alex Wheatle Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
    Watch on supported devices
    December 17, 2020
    5min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Small Axe Executive Producers take you behind the scenes of the fourth film in the collection—Alex Wheatle.
  10. Bonus: Small Axe - Lovers Rock Trailer
    Watch on supported devices
    November 15, 2020
    30sec
    16+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Tells a fictional story of young love and music at a house party in 1980. Such house parties were born out of necessity when Black Londoners were un-welcome to revel in white nightclubs. Amid the West Indian community’s can-do attitude, blossomed a “Blues Party” culture, where sweethearts could dress up and celebrate life without apologies or restrictions.

The Films

OFFICIAL PLAYLIST

Characters

Videos

Image Gallery

About The Creator

Headshot of director and creator Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen

Academy Award winner Steve McQueen is a British artist and filmmaker. His critically acclaimed first feature HUNGER (2008), starring Michael Fassbender as an IRA hunger-striker, won the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. He re-teamed with Fassbender for his follow up feature SHAME (2011) for which Fassbender won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for Best Actor, ranks as one of the highest grossing NC-17 rated movies. McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013) dominated awards season, winning, amongst many others, the Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and AAFCA Awards for Best Picture while McQueen received DGA, Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe directing nods. His most recent feature WIDOWS (2018) was one of the best reviewed films of the year and starred Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez.

McQueen is the recipient of many accolades for his work as a visual artist. In 2016, the Johannes Vermeer Award was presented to him at The Hague. In that same year, the British Film Institute awarded McQueen with a Fellowship. McQueen won the Turner Prize in 1999. His artwork is exhibited and held in major museums around the world. A retrospective was recently exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Schaulager in Basel. Tate Modern and Tate Britain were home to two critically acclaimed shows in 2019/2020, Year 3 and a Retrospective Steve McQueen.

In 2020, McQueen was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to the Arts.

Headshot of director and creator Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen

Cannes Festival LaurelNew York Film Festival Laurel

Connection, Cooking and Conversation

Follow on Social Media

More details

Directors
Steve McQueen
Supporting actors
Amarah-Jae St AubynMicheal WardSheyi ColeKenyah Sandy
Producers
Steve McQueenTracey ScoffieldDavid TannerMichael ElliottAnita Overland
Season year
2020
Network
Amazon Studios
Content advisory
Drug usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5
373 global ratings
How are ratings calculated?

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020
447 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
124 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
123 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
97 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
88 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
73 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
59 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
54 people found this helpful
Report abuse