Small Axe

In Session for Steve McQueen's groundbreaking new BBC / Amazon series

Words by Paul Sumpter, Wednesday 25 Nov 2020


It’s been a pleasure to have recorded additonal guitars for Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen’s forthcoming five-part anthology series Small Axe which will begin rolling out on BBC One and Prime Video on November 20.

Working for music supervisor Ed Bailie (Leland Music), head composer Paul was commissioned to record guitar parts that will feature in McQueen’s much-anticipated television debut, originally set to world-premiere as part of the canceled Cannes Film Festival and which focus on stories inspired by real-life events about ordinary people showing courage, belief, and resilience to overcome injustice and achieve something transformative in their West Indian community. 

Small Axe features a stellar cast including Letitia Wright, John Boyega, Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, Jack Lowden, and Micheal Ward. First up to premiere is Mangrove (11/20), followed by Lover’s Rock (11/27), Education (12/4), Alex Wheatle (12/11), and Red, White and Blue. (“Mangrove” and “Lovers Rock” .)

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