Steve McQueen’s upcoming BBC TV drama Small Axe just brought in two huge stars. Letitia Wright and John Boyega join this drama about London West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. Amazon picked up the U.S. rights, so we’ll be able to watch the drama there as well.
Small Axe will comprise of six parts and five different stories. The title for the series is derived from a Jamaican proverb:
“If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.”
The meaning behind this proverb essentially is saying that a small voice can sometimes successfully challenge more powerful ones. We look forward to seeing how that title and proverb factor into the series.
McQueen himself commented on the upcoming series:
“I felt these stories needed to be shared. I wanted to relive, reevaluate and investigate the journeys that my parents and the first generation of West Indians went on to deliver me here today calling myself a black British person. What’s important about our stories is that they are local but at the same time global. I think audiences will identify with the trials, tribulations and joy of our characters as well as reflecting on the present environment in which we find ourselves,” the Oscar-winner added. “The dynamic nature of the series allows us to confront injustice in the face of adversity.”
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