Steven McQueen’s Small Axe series arrived on BBC One this week with a new film set to play every Sunday at 9pm until December 13. “Lovers Rock” is an ode to the reggae scene that thrived during the late 70s and 80s in Black Britain at a time when Black people were excluded from the emerging club scene. This is pretty much a party from start to finish, placing the audience in the centre of a house party filled with celebration.
“Lovers Rock” tells a fictional story of young love at a Blues party in 1980. The film is an homage to romantic reggae genre called Lovers Rock and to the Black youth who found freedom and love in its sound in London house parties, when they were unwelcome in white nightclubs.
Lovers Rock plays on BBC one at 9pm November 22 and in the US on Amazon Prime from November 27.