How Steve McQueen Pulled Off the Year's Best Movie Scene
November 22, 2020 7:36 AM   Subscribe

Lovers Rock, the second installment in Steve McQueen's Small Axe film anthology, is about one such night in 1980, when a few dozen Black Londoners congregate at a house party to hold each other close and sway and thrash and grind. On paper, the film is a dreamy series of party scenes; onscreen, it's a passionate, restless achievement. Love, frustration, togetherness are communicated in small gestures and details - a gently horny ass-grab, a yearning gaze from across the room, a delightfully chaotic line for the bathroom. The rest of the Small Axe films feature racist cops, racist bosses, racist courts. Lovers Rock shows what happens when white people aren't looking - the rapture in Black joy, experienced privately. posted by smcg (11 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

Oh that sounds like an amazing movie, I will look for it
posted by emjaybee at 9:39 AM on November 22 [1 favorite]

I was expecting a car chase through San Francisco.
posted by Liquidwolf at 10:13 AM on November 22 [13 favorites]

Oh that sounds like an amazing movie, I will look for it

It looks like right now you only get access if you pay for a Prime subscription? I couldn't find a way to just rent this specific movie.
posted by curious nu at 12:24 PM on November 22

it's on BBC iPlayer - geographic restrictions may apply - VPN may also apply ...
posted by burr1545 at 12:50 PM on November 22 [1 favorite]

also related -
Steve McQueen in conversation with Miranda Saywers around his use of music in his films etc
posted by burr1545 at 12:53 PM on November 22

I have Amazon Prime, and right now I only have access to the previous episode and the Lovers Rock trailer.
posted by Wilbefort at 1:34 PM on November 22

It looks like it's not quite out yet.

Amazon Releases Trailer for Steve McQueen’s ‘Lovers Rock’
Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailer for Lovers Rock, the second film in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology. Starring Michael Ward (Top Boy) and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn making her screen debut, the love story releases on the streamer on Friday, Nov. 27.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 4:41 PM on November 22

The Wikipedia disambiguation function is working overtime this week.
posted by The Potate at 9:32 PM on November 22 [3 favorites]

The Wikipedia disambiguation function is working overtime this week.

Yes - to clarify, this is the Steve McQueen who:

In 1999 won the Turner Art Prize
In 2011 was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the visual arts
In 2013 directed 12 Years a Slave for which he:
- became the first black filmmaker to win the Academy Award for Best Picture
- won the BAFTA Award for Best Film
- won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture
- won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
In 2020 was knighted in the New Year Honours for services to film

Wonderful and moving article smcg - I'm really looking forward to watching the five films.
posted by Kiwi at 7:24 AM on November 23 [5 favorites]

I have made a Fanfare post for the first episode of Small Axe, Mangrove.
posted by larrybob at 11:40 AM on November 24

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