BAFTA Nominations 2019
Dir. Barnaby Blackburn | UK / USA, 2018
Wale is the titular character in this spiralling modern classic; a former young offender looking for a new life, he starts up his own enterprise as a mechanic, a trade which he learnt in an offender’s institute. Predictably, as a young black man with a criminal past, he finds little luck in his entrepreneurship until he is given a chance to prove himself by a stranger.
But as his new opportunity unfolds, it quickly transpires that the stranger’s intentions are not quite as they seemed, and Wale is plunged in to a sinister plot, framed for a unimaginable crime, painting a vivid, unfortunately realistic and all too common portrait of modern day racism and racial profiling. Wale bluntly tackles the subject of discrimination and scapegoating that still persists in modern societies.
The Blue Door
Dir. Paul Taylor | UK, 2018
Taylor’s chilling vision screened in competition for Best Thriller at ASFF in 2018. Featuring no dialogue, an artistic choice by the films crew, The Blue Door relies solely on intensely eerie sound design to capture and distort audience imaginations, immersing them in a horrifying nightmare.
Dir. The Brother’s McLeod | UK, 2018
The Brothers’ newly shortlisted work, Marfa, is a documentary animation made using ink and watercolour techniques. The film paints a portrait of the small city of Marfa, Texas; a place out of time, famed for those who have passed through it, including James Dean, as well as a mecca for minimalist art. The film is a result of a visit to the city made by Greg McLeod; a scrapbook of audio clips, photographs and footage presented in the pairs unique animated style.