Nerdophiles was on hand to speak with two stars of the 2020 New York Film Festival hit Mangrove, from Steve McQueen’s acclaimed Small Axe anthology film series. Small Axe opened the 58th annual festival and centers true to life stories from London’s West Indian community set between 1969 and 1982. Mangrove tackles the story of the Mangrove Nine, a group of Black British activists who were unjustly tried in 1970 for inciting a riot.
Shaun Parkes (The Mummy Returns) portrays Frank Crichlow, owner of the Mangrove restaurant, and Malachi Kirby (Devils) portrays Darcus Howe, a member of the British Black Panther party. Both Crichlow and Howe were acquitted of all charges at the end of the trial, but that does not excuse or erase the racial injustice and trauma of their experiences.
Watch our poignant conversation with Parkes (on the left) and Kirby (on the right) as they share the challenges of portraying these real-life justice seekers & icons in the fight for equality, plus the impact & legacy that this film will leave and more!
Mangrove premieres this Friday, November 20th only on Amazon Prime Video!