Small Axe

Small Axe UK (2020) Dir. Steve McQueen In 2010, British director Steve McQueen had the idea of making a TV series for the BBC about the lives of black people in Britain, but after he started writing, McQueen realised he had enough material to tell individual stories instead. The result is Small Axe, five feature … Continue reading Small Axe

Widows

Widows US/UK (2018) Dir. Steve McQueen In following up his Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave, Brit director Steve McQueen takes the unusual route of resurrecting an 80’s British TV crime drama and giving it a modern - a very Hollywood - overhaul. A criminal gang led by Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) based in Chicago … Continue reading Widows

Hunger

Hunger UK (2008) Dir. Steve McQueen The debut feature film from the man who dominated the awards this year with the mighty 12 Years A Slave is an equally uncompromising dramatisation based on the hunger strike of the IRA prisoners  in the Maze Prison In Northern Ireland in 1981. Unlike 12 Years… this is a … Continue reading Hunger

12 Years A Slave

  12 Years A Slave (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Entertainment One UK) Running Time: 134 mins. approx. One of the most highly praised films of recent times that has dominated the awards circuit should be easy to review since the only course of action is to praise it to the moon, right? The truth is … Continue reading 12 Years A Slave

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven US (1960) Dir. John Sturges The people of a small Mexican village are the victims of a group of bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach), who constantly steal their food and supplies, forcing the villagers to work harder to grow double crops. Deciding they need to fight back three villagers head to … Continue reading The Magnificent Seven

Shame

  Shame UK (2012) Dir. Steve McQueen Successful and single 30-something executive Brandon (Michael Fassbender) has it all yet seems to avoid it to his colleagues. But in his private life Brandon has a voracious and often depraved sex addiction which he stimulates and indulges with one night stands, pornography and other means. All this … Continue reading Shame