Ewan Gleadow

Movie Review: Education

Movie Review: Education

One final trip through history with Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, Education follows Kingsley, a boy fascinated by space. This coming-of-age story showcases another example of how the education system fails those who need a sliver of extra support. Consolidating the idea that education is a right for all, Education engages with many ideas and moments that suggest our system of […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Movie Review: Alex Wheatle

Movie Review: Alex Wheatle

As Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series of BBC films goes from strength to strength, we should remind ourselves at how rare an occasion this is. Nothing else has been this positively consistent in filmmaking this year, and to put out five films, let alone one, is an astronomical achievement. With such stark quality in his first […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Movie Review: Red, White and Blue

Movie Review: Red, White and Blue

Whilst Mangrove and Lover’s Rock provided us with some truly exceptional filmmaking, the rest in this five-piece Steve McQueen series for the BBC strikes me with slight worry. Nothing major, just a bit of a wobble I suppose. Maybe it’s because we brace the unknown for the first time in this series, the first two episodes having toured film […]

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Movie Review: Lovers Rock

Movie Review: Lovers Rock

I was rather hesitant to label Small Axe a television series considering Mangrove clocked in at a stark, feature-length running time. But Lovers Rock, the second instalment in Steve McQueen’s five-episode set, is more akin to a television format. A concise, hour-long piece marks the second instalment of McQueen’s collaboration with the BBC. With its name clamouring for a link with […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Movie Review: Mangrove

Movie Review: Mangrove

Seeing director Steve McQueen partnering with the BBC to deliver his Small Axe film series, was a genuine surprise. It’s a real treat, too, considering how poor a showing this year of film has been. Five feature-length projects from arguably one of the best working directors today, Mangrove is the first entrant into a series that promises to be […]