If his work on Skate Kitchen and Sollers Point didn’t yet clue you into the immense talents of cinematographer Shabier Kirchner
, get ready for one of the greatest achievements in the field this year: Steve McQueen
’s five-film anthology series Small Axe
. From the immersive, ecstatic Lovers Rock is a Jubilant Portrait of Community”>Lovers Rock to the fiery, urgent Mangrove“>Mangrove, Kirchner brings an immaculate, varied eye to these stories of the West Indian community of London. Now, he’s set to embark on his directorial debut.
Screen Daily reports Kirchner will direct Augustown, adapting Kei Miller’s 2016 novel with a script by Courttia Newland
and executive produced by Steve McQueen. Backed by Potboiler Productions
and Rathaus Films
, as well as BBC Film, the story is set in 1980s Jamaica.
According to the official synopsis, the “story begins when a teacher cuts off the dreadlocks of Kaia, a