‘Education’ serves as a profound and deeply poignant illumination of the systemic flaws which have hindered the academic progress of young West Indian immigrants in London.
The latest piece in the anthology occasionally takes a few missteps in its depiction of the Jamaican-born titular figure’s challenges, but is ultimately tale of an individual making something out of nothing.
‘Red, White and Blue’ is yet another captivating entry in the Small Axe anthology, offering stimulating insight into the challenges in shaping reform and questioning whether the sacrifices made to do so are warranted.
An effervescent, sultry counter to the intense and emotionally overwhelming Mangrove, this piece marks a welcome change of pace for McQueen in his filmography, demonstrating his ability to craft an engaging love story distinguished by reggae music.
Managing to succeed as a nuanced depiction of Black British activism, a poignant reflection of West Indian culture, and a riveting courtroom drama, Mangrove exemplifies McQueen’s skill at vividly capturing real-life events on film.