Red, White and Blue sees Boyega play a police officer
Red, White and Blue - featuring Star Wars actor John Boyega - is a new BBC1 drama which is part of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe (opens in new tab) season of films.
The Small Axe collection compromises of Mangrove (opens in new tab), Lovers Rock, Education, Alex Wheatle and Red, White and Blue.
Each of the films by the Oscar winning filmmaker are set from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s and tell a story involving London’s West Indian community.
Steve McQueen explains: “The seed of Small Axe was sown 11 years ago. Initially, I had conceived of it as a TV series, but I realised these stories had to stand alone as original films, yet at the same time be part of a collective. The anthology, anchored in the West Indian experience in London, is a celebration of all that that community has succeeded in achieving against the odds.
“Although all five films take place between the late 1960s and mid-80s, they are just as much a comment on the present moment as they were then. They are about the past, yet they are very much concerned with the present. A commentary on where we were, where we are and where we want to go.”
Red, White and Blue release date on BBC1
The film will be shown on Sunday 29th November on BBC1.
What happens in Red, White and Blue?
The drama tells the true story of Leroy Logan (played by Star Wars actor John Boyega). Leroy is a young forensic scientist who wants to escape his solitary lab work. Leroy’s life changes when he sees his father assaulted by two policemen.
He remembers his childhood ambition to be a police officer and decides to join. Leroy is driven naively by the idea that he can change racists attitudes from within the force. But his father doesn’t approve of his decision to join the police and he then experiences blatant racism in his new role. And this is despite the fact that he is an exemplary Constable in the Metropolitan Police Force.
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Who’s in the drama?
As well as John Boyega the cast also features Prince of Persia actor Steve Toussaint. Plus newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye.
Is there a trailer?
Yes, there's a trailer for the Small Axe collection and in it we see Leroy in several brief glimpses from Red, White and Blue.
What else do we know?
Red, White and Blue was co-written by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen.
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