Small Axe: Mangrove (2020)

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Anchored by strong performances and an even stronger sense of conviction, Mangrove is a powerful indictment of institutional racism.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2020

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Mangrove centers on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), the owner of Notting Hill's Caribbean restaurant, Mangrove, a lively community base for locals, intellectuals and activists. In a reign of racist terror, the local police raid Mangrove time after time, making Frank and the local community take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970. When nine men and women, including Frank and leader of the British Black Panther Movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright), and activist Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby), are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot, a highly publicized trial ensues, leading to hard-fought win for those fighting against discrimination. Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), and Malachi Kirby (Curfew) star alongside Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Jack Lowden (The Long Song), Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsmen), Gershwyn Eustache (The Gentleman), Nathaniel Martello-White (Collateral), Richie Campbell (Liar), Jumayn Hunter (Les Miserables), and Gary Beadle (Summer of Rockets). Mangrove was co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen.

Critic Reviews for Small Axe Mangrove

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (11)

In the same way that the Mangrove Nine upended expectations and protocol in the court system, McQueen and his crew take the familiar trope of injustice on trial and inject it with fresh vigor.

Oct 5, 2020 | Full Review…
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Considered on its own terms, "Mangrove" is first-rate filmmaking even when it falls into a tried-and-true recipe

Sep 28, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The standard, expected beats and tropes are hit, but what happens within those elements makes the film so powerful and so rewarding.

Sep 25, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's impossible to watch it and not be equally inspired and enraged and to feel compelled to channel that energy into some way of improving one's community.

Oct 21, 2020 | Full Review…

"An unqualified masterpiece."

Oct 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Steel band music and Toots and the Maytals singing the classic reggae song "Pressure Drop" help this reverent feel for West Indian culture and an unwavering quest for justice resonate.

Oct 12, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Making a sledgehammer to institutionalized racism with the clarity of purpose and skill of a master craftsman, Steve McQueen is once again at the very top of his game, and indeed his profession, with Mangrove.

Oct 12, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Artfully recreating the era and incisively laying out the themes, McQueen never lets us forget the contemporary parallels...

Oct 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mangrove's celebration of West Indian solidarity in glorious colour on the screen feels revolutionary and vibrant and wholly necessary.

Oct 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The hot fury of Mangrove seethes within the bloodstream of just about any right-minded person in 2020.

Oct 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mangrove is an inspiring account of how the black community, through grit, determination, decency and wiles, have always had to fight to establish a foothold in England.

Oct 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The film excels in the court room scenes in the second half where the writing feels sharper and the tension is palpable.

Oct 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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