One review on 01 May 2021

UK 2020

Running time: 80 mins

Red White and Blue

Small Axe pt.3

Director : Steve McQueen 

Setting: London
Summary: The story of Leroy Logan, first black policeman in the Met


  • John Boyega  Leroy Logan

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 widescreen

Colour: Colour

Sound: Mono

Camera: 35mm Film

Tech Notes: Camera : 35mm Film. Mono

First Seen: Sat 1st May 2021
Catalogued: 8th May 2021


From being stopped and searched as a schoolboy waiting for his dad to pick him up, to deciding to switch career from a research scientist to becoming a policeman and fighting racism from with the police force. The same old tale of a the London West-Indian sub-culture picked on by the establishment in order to make the white working class not notice how badly they are treated.

In real life he goes on to rise to become a Superintendent - but nothing really changed.


by rogerco on Sat 1st May 2021 DVD proj @ home

Traitor or Pioneer?


A true story well told

Full review

Perhaps the core of the problem is not that the police force is institutionally racist, but much deeper. The police force merely reflects society as a whole, and in a competitive capitalist society it is absolutely bound to discriminate between different sub-cultures within society in order to protect and and promote the social order (hierarchy).

As a film this works very well, focusing on the individual experience and conflicts, both internal and external, that arise. Clearly there is a sense in which he is a traitor to his community, but whilst this is shown the implications are not really explored, the film preferring to focus on the problems with the police. 

In this respect this is the weakest film of the set, Mangrove, Wheatle, and Education all show the protagonists involved in finding solutions to their on problems (and Lovers Rock is a bit of an outlier)