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‘Lovers Rock’ Immerses Us in an Energetic Reggae House Party

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20.09.2020

With his series Small Axe, Steve McQueen builds an epic anthology of five films depicting London’s West Indian community from the 1960s to the 1980s. Lovers Rock, the first installment to be released, paints a thriving picture of the city’s reggae scene during that era. The film is primarily set during a single night in 1980, at a party that draws lovers and rockers alike into a crammed London townhouse transformed into a club. McQueen directs the action in a way that allows the audience to feel like they’re attending this party, experiencing the joy of the characters and hovering in the middle of every interaction. This immersive approach brings a close-knit community to life and makes for an incredibly rewarding viewing experience.

Lovers Rock is the only film of the Small Axe anthology series that is not based on a true story, but McQueen and co-writer Courttia Newland create realistic characters that flourish in every scene. In the middle of the house party, Martha (Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn) and (Micheal Ward) grow from........

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