Discussing Steve McQueen’s Black Britain

Thu, 25 March 2021 20:00 – 22:00 GMT

A screening of the Sir Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film ‘Lovers Rock’ with a discussion after the film … and a special guest

A screening of the Sir Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film ‘Lovers Rock’ with a discussion after the film with Lori Gatsi-Barnett (JoinHer Network), Johanna Leech (Strand Arts Centre), Esther Andare (Golden Thread Gallery) and a special guest.

8pm: Watch the film online on BBC Player 70mins (free for those with a TV licence or £2.49 on Amazon).

9.10pm: Join us to watch the discussion on Imagine Festivals website as a live zoom event.

Or watch in your own time after 25th March as the discussion will still be online.

Global Film Screenings at Strand Arts Centre are regular cultural films teamed up with an introduction, Q&A or discussion. It is a platform for championing films from different cultures in a relaxed and informative way. JoinHer Network and Golden Thread Gallery have been invited to widen discussion and to share experiences. This creates wider discussion around the film and makes connections or comparisons to Northern Ireland.

Sir Steven McQueen is a British filmmaker and video artist. He is known for his award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 slave narrative memoir. He also directed and co-wrote Hunger (2008), a historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strikes in Northern Ireland.

In 2020 McQueen released Small Axe, a collection of five films documenting stories of hard-won victories in the face of racism and love letters to black resilience and triumph in London’s West Indian community 1960-1980s. The title references a proverb – “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe” – that was popularised by Bob Marley in his 1973 song “Small Axe”.

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