BEWILDER FOR BBC TEACH & STEVE MCQUEEN | SMALL AXE
We are proud to have worked on a new series of five educational films, with our animation studio Bewilder. The films were produced in partnership with BBC Teach and Steve McQueen and based on the five Small Axe films, currently airing on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
The anthology series aims to help bring Black British history to life with the younger generation in mind. The commission is part of an ongoing push with BBC Education to ensure the wider part of BBC’s resources better reflect and represent the stories of all communities in the UK.
As such, the series is presented in a cluster of five classroom videos that are available to download for free – accompanied by activities for teachers in order to assist in lesson planning and engage the pupils.
“Using the stories in Steve McQueen's Small Axe films, we’ve made resources that make it as easy as possible for teachers to teach them.” says Sarah Fox and Adam Reincke, creatives at BBC Creative, in an announcement. With an aim to continue the legacy of Small Axe and go beyond the launch of the films, the team hope to make a difference as to how Black history is taught in schools.
“We know that teachers are hungry for more diverse classroom resources,” says Helen Foulkes, head of BBC Education, in the release. The 5x5 minute classroom videos include footage from the initial five films, and features some of the actors, too – such as Line of Duty’s Rochenda Sandall, Top Boy’s Michael Ward, and former Metropolitan Police Superintendent Leroy Logan MBE.