‘Alex Wheatle’ is the name of the 4th film in the Steve McQueen Small Axe series. Airing on BBC this past month.
Based on the early years of the critically acclaimed and award-winning author Alex Wheatle, this film focuses on Alex’s time in care, prison and then how he found his home in the Brixton community.
Author of iconic books such as East of Acre Lane, Brixton Rock and more recently Cane Warriors Alex is renowned for his documenting of British Black life. He was also a consultant on the Small Axe series.
Newcomer actor Sheyi Cole landed the opportunity to play Alex in this Small Axe anthology.
We spoke to them both about being involved in Small Axe …
Small Axe episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer