Mangrove is the first, out of 5 films, in the Steve McQueen SMALL AX film collection, which debuts today, November 16, on the HBO Portugal platform. The five original films that make up the collection of award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen, released weekly on the streaming platform.
From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, each film tells a story that involves the West Indian community of London, whose lives have been shaped by their own will, despite rampant racism and discrimination. While this collection of films took place a few decades ago, the stories are as vital and up-to-date as they were to the West Indian community in London at that time. SMALL AX is a celebration of joy, beauty, love, friendship, family and music. Each film, in a unique way, conveys successes obtained at great expense, bringing hope and optimism.
Steve McQueen explains, “The SMALL AX seed was planted 11 years ago. I initially envisioned the project as a TV series, but realized that these stories should be stand-alone, like the original films, but at the same time being part of a collective. The anthology, which is based on the experience of the West Indies in London, is a celebration of all that this community has managed to achieve against all odds. “
“Although the five films are set between the late 60s and mid-80s, they are as much a commentary on the present moment as they are then. where we have been, where we are and where we want to go. “
SMALL AX presented the executive production of Tracey Scoffield and David Tanner for Turbine Studios and Steve McQueen for Lammas Park. Mike Elliot was the producer of EMU Films with Turbine and Anita Overland. The executive producers of the BBC are Lucy Richer, Senior Curator for Dramatic Content and Rose Garnett, Director of BBC Film. BBC Studios are international distributors.
Mangrove is already on HBO Portugal
The film focuses on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), owner of the Caribbean Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill, a vibrant community base for residents, intellectuals and activists.
During a period of racist terror, local police constantly invaded Mangrove, prompting Frank and the local community to take to the streets for a peaceful protest in 1970. When nine men and women, including Frank, the leader of the British Black Panther Movement, Altheia Jones – LeCointe (Letitia Wright) and activist Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby) are wrongly arrested and charged with inciting riot, media lawsuit ensues, leading to a difficult victory for those fighting discrimination.
Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space) and Malachi Kirby (Curfew) are the protagonists, alongside Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty – The Rescue), Jack Lowden (The Long Song), Sam Spruell (A Snow White and the Huntsman), Gershwyn Eustache (The Gentlemen – Crime Lords), Nathaniel Martello-White (Guarantee), Richie Campbell (Liar), Jumayn Hunter (Les Miserables) and Gary Beadle (Summer of the Rockets).
“Mangrove” was co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen.
You can watch the movie trailer here.
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