BBC Drama SMALL AXE Sets Letitia Wright & John Boyega As Stars


Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and John Boyega (Star Wars) are set to star in Small Axe a BBC drama from Steve McQueen.

Small Axe is set in London’s West Indian community between 1960 and 1980. It will comprise six parts and tell five different stories. Its title is derived from a Jamaican proverb: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe,” meaning that relatively marginal or small voices of dissent can successfully challenge more powerful ones. It is also the title of a Bob Marley song from his 1973 album Catch a Fire.

Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) had this to say on the project:

“I felt these stories needed to be shared. I wanted to relive, reevaluate and investigate the journeys that my parents and the first generation of West Indians went on to deliver me here today calling myself a black British person. What’s important about our stories is that they are local but at the same time global.”

The series is set for release next year with Amazon picking up the US rights.