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Director Steve McQueen On The Making Of ‘Small Axe’ And The Need For Resilience




Steve McQueen attends the Close Encounter with Steve McQueen during the 15th Rome Film Festival on October 16, 2020 in Rome, Italy.
Steve McQueen attends the Close Encounter with Steve McQueen during the 15th Rome Film Festival on October 16, 2020 in Rome, Italy.
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Director Steve McQueen, also known for the film “12 Years A Slave,” has a new film anthology out on Amazon Prime Video. The series is called “Small Axe” and tells personal stories from London’s West Indian community as lives are shaped by resilience amid widespread racism. The second film in the five-part series, “Lover’s Rock,” is out this week. KPCC’s John Horn spoke with McQueen about the making of the series, how the idea of community shapes his storytelling and the importance of the small revolutions taking place at people’s kitchen tables.

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Steve McQueen, director of the new five-part film anthology “Small Axe,” which releases weekly on Amazon Prime Video