Actress Letitia Wright, star of Small Axe: Mangrove, discusses the advice Denzel Washington gave her while prepping for her role as a historic Black Panther member, what makes Steve McQueen a phenomenal director and more in this interview with CinemaBlend’s Jeff McCobb. Mangrove is one of five films in Steve McQueen’s new Small Axe anthology film series for Amazon.
Synopsis: In the late ’60s, Frank Crichlow, the Trinidad-born owner of a café in Notting Hill, London, increasingly found himself and his establishment the targets of white police intimidation and brutality. A meeting place for the local West Indian community as well as the area’s Black activists and intellectuals, the Mangrove restaurant was raided numerous times without any evidence of illegal activity; finally, the fed-up community took to the streets in protest, resulting in the arrests and violent treatment of several demonstrators. An epic piece of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology, this vivid and gripping dramatization of these events and the resulting successful landmark 1970 trial of the defendants—who came to be known as the Mangrove Nine, and some of whom acted as their own counsel—is a stinging indictment of a system rotted by racism and a powerful portrait of resistance, passionately performed by a remarkable cast led by Shaun Parkes as Crichlow, Letitia Wright as Altheia Jones-LaCointe, and Malachi Kirby as Darcus Howe.
Small Axe: Mangrove will be available on Amazon Prime Video November 20.