The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill doubled as a community centre for Black Londoners to exchange ideas and to commune. As police brutality and harassment intensified, the Mangrove also became a site of resistance leading to the wrongful arrest for incitement to riot of nine local activists including Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright) and Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby). Oscar-winner Steve McQueen’s depiction of the infamous 55-day trial is a moving instalment from his Small Axe anthology series, a collection of films that evoke memories, political events and a critical perspective on life for London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. In this present moment, with its rallying cry for abolition, McQueen’s incredible cast deliver with great assurance a seminal moment in British history that also encapsulates the global Black struggle.

Tega Okiti

Executive Producers Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner, Steve McQueen, Lucy Richer, Rose Garnett.

Prod company Turbine Studios Lammas Park

Tickets for the cinema screenings of Mangrove on Wednesday 7 October will be free but ticketed. Booking opens on 1 October.

BFI Champions and BFI Members are invited to enter a ticket ballot for the BFI Southbank screenings from Thu 17 Sep 2020.

Opening film presented in partnership with

This show is sponsored by American Express