Trailer: John Boyega stars in Small Axe’s Red, White and Blue
James R | On 28, Nov 2020
Small Axe continues this weekend with Red, White and Blue, and a trailer gives us a closer look at John Boyega in its starring role.
BBC One’s anthology of hour-long stories was conceived and written by Steve McQueen with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland (Alex Wheatle is a writing consultant). The six films tell five stories all set within London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early 80s.
The title Small Axe is derived from a Jamaican proverb that has resonance throughout the Caribbean, “if you are the big tree, we are the small axe”. Small Axe is also the title of a Bob Marley song from 1973 album Catch A Fire. It means that relatively marginal or small voices of dissent can successfully challenge more powerful voices.
Red, White and Blue follows Leroy Logan, a real-life police officer who wanted to change the force after his father was killed by two police officers. Logan was appointed MBE in 2001 for his role in developing anti-racist policies for the police, later retiring in 2013. Boyega is joined in the drama by Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia) and newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye.