Star Wars actor John Boyega stars in the exciting first trailer, which you can watch above, for the upcoming BBC anthology drama series Small Axe, a collection of five original films by acclaimed 12 Years a Slave and Shame director Steve McQueen.
Small Axe, which was commissioned back in 2015, tells five stories from within London's West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s, in films titled Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Education, Alex Wheatle and Red, White and Blue.
Boyega stars in Red, White and Blue as real-life Metropolitan Police officer Leroy Logan, who decided to change the Met Police from within after he witnessed his father being assaulted by two policemen. Logan went on to receive an MBE in 2001 for the work he did in developing anti-racist policies for the police.
Boyega stars alongside Steve Toussaint, Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye and can be seen in the first-look clip wearing his police uniform and slamming a locker at work, hinting at the difficulties his character will face in the film.
The trailer features glimpses at all of the Small Axe films, with Mangrove telling the true story of the Mangrove 9, a group of Black British activists who were tried for and acquitted of inciting a riot at a protest following police raids at London's Mangrove Restaurant. The film stars Black Panther's Letitia Wright and Line of Duty's Rochenda Sandall.
Lovers Rock is a fictional story of young love and music at an early 1980s blues party, with BAFTAs 2020 Rising Star award recipient Micheal Ward (Blue Story) starring alongside newcomer Amarah-Jae St Aubyn.
Alex Wheatle follows the true story of award-winning writer Alex (Sheyi Cole), who grows up in a mostly white care home and finds a sense of community for the first time in Brixton, before being imprisoned during the 1981 Brixton Uprising and finding a path to healing. Black Mirror's Cecilia Noble and 1917 star Elliott Edusah also feature.
Finally Education is a coming-of-age story for 12-year-old Kingsley (Kenyah Sandy), who is fascinated by astronauts and rockets. Kingsley is sent to a school for children with 'special needs' after being accused of being disruptive in class and his parents (Sharlene Smith and Daniel Francis) are unaware of the unofficial segregation policy at play.
A group of West Indian women decide to take matters into their own hands to ensure that Black children are able to receive the education they deserve. Star Wars actress Naomi Ackie and The Long Song's Tamara Lawrance also star.
The powerful trailer promises inspirational stories, with the voiceover saying: "These are new types of human beings. They are not demoralised or defeated persons. They are leaders but are rooted deep among those they lead."
Small Axe will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in November, with the films airing first in the UK.
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