Steve McQueen / no certificate / UK 2020 / 70 mins

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We return to another period of #LexiVirtual programming - films recommended by us, which are free to view for you - during our period of rebuilding and refurbishment. There are just so many great films out there it would be derelict of us not to keep up our programme suggestions for you.  Enjoy!

We are awestruck by Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' series of films currently going out on the BBC. The five films present the experiences of London’s West Indian community from the late Sixties to the mid-Eighties.  The treatments vary, from historical recreations of actual events (in MANGROVE) to the music saturated, expressionistic experience of fledgling love at a house party (LOVERS ROCK).  Collectively they present a heartfelt cultural record, from one of the world's most interesting filmmakers.

"The second film in Steve McQueen's Small Axe series is so convincingly realised, you'll think you were there." ★★★★★ Independent

Lovers Rock is a loosely told, boy-meets-girl story which ignores the usual narrative beats in favour of a deeply sensual recreation of the mood, the music and the magic of early attraction. As visualised by McQueen, all is colour, texture, motion and emotion.  The house party scene, a vibrant grass roots response to racist exclusion, is vividly presented.  The main character is the soundtrack, with 'Silly Games', 'Kung Fu Fighting' and 'Kunte Kinte Dub' in particular powerfully charting the emotional arc of the story.  (Revisit the film's soundtrack here on Spotify.)  This is one party we wish we'd been invited to!


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