Alex Wheatle
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Alex Wheatle

2020
Drama
1h 6m
Small Axe - Season: 1, Episode: 4 - All Episodes
Alex Wheatle follows the true story of award-winning writer, Alex Wheatle (Sheyi Cole), from a young boy through his early adult years. Having spent his childhood in a mostly white institutional care home with no love or family, he finally finds not only a sense of community for the first time in Brixton, but his identity and ability to grow his passion for music and DJing. When he is thrown in prison during the Brixton Uprising of 1981, he confronts his past and sees a path to healing.
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Alex Wheatle

2020
Drama
1h 6m
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Rated 31 Dec 2020
84
54th
A fantastic entry that suffers from being part of a bigger anthology. The story and acting here meet the high quality of the first episode, Mangrove, but it just doesn't go on long enough to fully explore all its themes. From small characterizations to more giant leaps, I wish the story had another 45 minutes to an hour to settle and tell the amazing story that's there. First time acting here by Sheyi Cole is fantastic though and sells the fish out of water story and the transformation.
Rated 29 Jan 2021
75
26th
Viewed January 27, 2021.
Rated 31 Jan 2021
60
50th
The weakest link in 'Small Ax', but still quite good.
Rated 03 May 2021
76
54th
A bit too short to fully develop its characters and themes, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Rated 12 Dec 2021
60
49th
Pretty straightforward coming of age biopic, but still rewarding in the way depicts UK wicked 80s and the story of a young boy dealing with the lack of memory of his past and trying to move on.
Rated 19 Jul 2022
60
19th
Middling series entry is reasonably effective at providing a portrait of police and institutional violence that ultimately leads to radicalization, but most of the material here feels like a hodge podge mix of themes and ideas already covered in the previous chapters; fine performances as is now becoming the custom, but a little too flat and obvious.

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