Wale | Barnaby Blackburn
Dir. Barnaby Blackburn | UK, 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.
Winner of Best Thriller at the 2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, as well as receiving both Oscar and BAFTA Nominations, Barnaby Blackburn bluntly tackles the subject of discrimination and scapegoating in his engaging and gripping film Wale.