This film is available to stream with Into Film+ Available to stream with Into Film+

Small Axe: Alex Wheatle

Small Axe: Alex Wheatle
Small Axe: Alex Wheatle

Film Details

Year

2020

Duration

66 minutes

Genres

Drama, Period and Historical

Language

English


Synopsis

After growing up in a predominantly white care home in the midlands, young Black man Alex Wheatle discovers friendship, community, and sound systems for the first time when he arrives in London. However, his life changes once more when he is imprisoned during the Brixton uprising of 1981, where Black youth clashed with officers from the Metropolitan police in protest of systemic racism. During his time in prison, he educates himself through reading which leads him on a path to understand his identity, while also expanding his craft as a writer. With the film’s blend of reconstructed historic events and archive photographs of the Brixton uprising, it offers a different take on the traditional biopic to explore themes of injustice, protest and identity.


Content warning: Racism, discriminatory language, police violence, prison violence


Watch Small Axe on Into Film+ and discover Race Relations Board, a short public information film from 1969 that explained the new laws against racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.

Director/s

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Also available with this film on Into Film+

Small Axe: Alex Wheatle

3 RESOURCES

Find the resources related to Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (2020) to use in your teaching   PLAY INTO FILM+

Additional details

15 Classification

n/a

Find out more on the BBFC website

Also available with this film on Into Film+

Small Axe: Alex Wheatle

3 RESOURCES

Find the resources related to Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (2020) to use in your teaching   PLAY INTO FILM+

Resources To Use With This Film

Related Films

Small Axe: Red, White and Blue
Into Film+

Small Axe: Red, White and Blue(2020)

Small Axe: Red, White and Blue(2020)

Stream on Into Film+

Historical drama about Leroy Logan who joined the Met police in the hopes of changing racist attitudes.

0 Reviews

Certificate15

16+ years 80 mins

Read More
Britain on Film: Black Britain
Film

Britain on Film: Black Britain(2017)

Britain on Film: Black Britain(2017)

Programme of archive film spanning 1901 to 1985 exploring the history of black Britain throughout the 20th century.

3 Reviews

Certificate12

11+ years 91 mins

Read More
Small Axe: Lovers Rock
Into Film+

Small Axe: Lovers Rock(2020)

Small Axe: Lovers Rock(2020)

Stream on Into Film+

A story of young love and freedom at the London house parties started by Black young people in 1980s London.

0 Reviews

Certificate15

16+ years 70 mins

Read More
Small Axe: Mangrove
Into Film+

Small Axe: Mangrove(2020)

Small Axe: Mangrove(2020)

Stream on Into Film+

Based on the true story of a West Indian community restaurant in London that was subject to relentless police aids in the 1970s.

0 Reviews

Certificate15

16+ years 127 mins

Read More

Rate this film

Club Leaders can rate films! Help other club leaders decide if this film is suitable for use in their film club by giving it a rating.

Rate this film

Your rating

Click a star to rate this film

Ratings guide

  • Worked brilliantly
  • Went down well
  • Had some value
  • Did not enjoy it
  • Would not use again

Member rating

This film does not have any club member reviews yet. Download our film review resources to encourage your club to review this film.

Film review resources

Leader rating

This film has not been rated by a club leader yet. Be the first to rate this film.

Start an Into Film Club or Log in to rate this film

Reviews (0)

This film does not have any reviews yet.

This film does not have any reviews yet.

As a Film Club leader you can download our film review resources to encourage your club members to review this film.

Film review resources
Anson Road Into Film Club

Into Film Clubs

Into Film Clubs provide opportunities to watch, review and make films.

Coleg Sir Gar Into Film Club (Do I Need a Licence header)

Do I Need a Licence?

Information on which licences you need to show films in your education setting.

How Do Into Film Clubs Work? header

How do Into Film Clubs work?

Find out more about what's involved in running your very own Into Film Club.

Into Film CPD Training (Bolton)

Training

Learn to use film to raise literacy attainment and engage students.

What our educators say

"The art of discussion has improved and the breadth of language used has been enhanced by the variety of films watched, all of which we order free from the Into Film website."

- Janice Middleton, Headteacher, Edlington Victoria School, Derbyshire