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Steve McQueen's Small Axe - Hospitable Spaces in a Hostile Place

So much of Steve McQueen's Small Axe series revolves around the West Indian immigrant community's anti-assimilationist struggle in Britain. We rarely see these people wanting to fit into a new way of life that goes against their cultural community. Instead, we see them rebel through disparate means - non-violent protests, loving, partying, educating - to make sure they keep their Caribbean culture alive even though the "system" attempts to undermine it.

What particularly struck me while watching the five episodes/films is the varied ways McQueen uses both the domestic and the public sphere to demonstrate this contrasting or consistent struggle.

In the case of the first two films - Mangrove, and Lovers Rock - there seems to be a clear…

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  • Red, White and Blue


  • Lovers Rock


  • Mangrove


  • Education


  • Alex Wheatle