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still from Small Axe: Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen, GB 2020)

Small Axe - Lovers Rock

Steve McQueen / GB, 2020 / 70 min.

Two young people fall in love at a house party in West London in 1980. The film is an ode to the romantic reggae genre Lovers Rock and the independence and resourcefulness of London’s West-Indian community.

poster Amsterdam Art Week 2021

Unlike the other episodes of Small Axe, Lovers Rock is a fictional story. These kind of parties were based on fact, though. As people of colour were barred from clubs, they organised house parties with self-built sound systems, with the neighbourhood getting together to dance and celebrate black culture.

Small Axe is a series of five feature films by British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen (1969). The films are set between the 1960s and the 1980s and tell the personal stories of members from London’s West-Indian community, who constantly struggle against racism and discrimination. A one-off screening by Eye as part of the Amsterdam Art Week. A one-off screening by Eye as part of the Amsterdam Art Week.

The entrance ticket of €12.50 entitles you to free admission to the screening and a DVD box of the Small Axe series.

Details

Director

Steve McQueen

Production year

2020

Country

GB

Original title

Small Axe - Lovers Rock

Length

70 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NONE

Format

DCP

Part of

Amsterdam Art Week 2021

Eye is screening Small Axe as part of Amsterdam Art Week. Small Axe is a collection of five films by the British artist and director Steve McQueen (1969). The films are set in the period from the late 1960s to the 1980s and tell the personal stories of members of the West Indian community in London, who faced rampant racism and discrimination in their daily lives.

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still from Small Axe: Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen, GB 2020)
still from Small Axe: Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen, GB 2020)
still from Small Axe: Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen, GB 2020)

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