An 18 year old youth offender is trying to get his own business going as a mechanic. But enterprise isn't so easy when you're a young, black male with a criminal past. And it doesn't get any easier when you're framed by one of your new clients for a harrowing crime.
Wale is a 2018 British short film written and directed by Barnaby Blackburn. The film, starring Jamie Sives, Raphel Famotibe, Roger Nsengiyumva and Clare Perkins, is a social-realist thriller about an ex-offender trying to ply his trade as a mechanic who is deceived by a client and framed for murder over the course of a single horrific night. It was Blackburn's debut film.
The film deals with issues of racial discrimination, social injustice and the frustrations of young people trying to reimagine themselves in London.
Wale was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film in 2019 and was shortlisted for Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
Wale was selected and screened at over 50 film festivals around the world. The film won the top prize at a number of Oscar-qualifying festivals including the Best Short Film at Bronzelens Film Festival, the Best Narrative Short at Urbanworld Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at Dances With Films. In December 2019, it was announced that Wale had been shortlisted for the 91st Academy Awards. After winning the Best Thriller award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Wale qualified for selection for the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards and was nominated for Best British Short Film.
BAFTA Awards 2019 Nominee for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Film
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Thriller
BendFilm Festival 2018 Winner of the Best Narrative Short Film for Best Narrative Short Film
BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, US 2018 Winner of the Festival Award for Best Short Film
Dances With Films 2018 Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film