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Steve McQueen: Alex Wheatle at the BFI Southbank

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Time 20:45
Date 23/10/21
Price £12.5

Part of the Steve McQueen Small Axe season, the film Alex Wheatle is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and political, and musical, awakening. Set against the backdrop of the Brixton Riots.

The fourth film in McQueen’s anthology is based on the extraordinary life of award-winning novelist Alex Wheatle (Cole), who was a writing consultant on the Small Axe films. Growing up in a white institutional care system devoid of love, Wheatle found his own path towards a spiritual and political awakening into Black consciousness through his passion for music and DJing, and a connection to Brixton’s multifaceted Caribbean community. The film shows that, against all odds, he transcended an immensely difficult childhood to forge his own success.

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COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Steve McQueen: Alex Wheatle at the BFI Southbank at 20:45 on Saturday 23 October 2021.


To enter the competition, send an email to jamie@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: Steve McQueen's Small Axe anthology (commissioned by the BBC) was in part inspired by the song Small Axe, which refers to the proverb -  "Small axe fall big tree" or "If you are the big tree, we are the small axe". Which reggae artist popularised the proverb in their 1973 song of the same name?
A: .1) Jimmy Cliff .2) Peter Tosh .3) Bob Marley .4) Lee 'Scratch' Perry

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