Wale is the story of an 18-year-old mobile mechanic, who learned his trade whilst serving time at Aylesbury, the young offenders institution. Now he’s out, living with Mum and trying to get his own business going. 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 are framed by one of your new clients for a harrowing crime.
Wale deals with issues of social injustice, racial discrimination and the frustrations surrounding individuals trying to reimagine themselves in modern London.
The film has two main characters, Wale and O'Brian. We will be casting an unknown for the title character, Wale, hoping to launch the career of a young British talent. We are hoping to secure a well known and highly esteemed actor for the role of O'Brian.
We are looking for £16,000 investment in order to cover all production costs and to give the film the high level of craft we believe it requires and deserves.
Full script available on request for those looking to make significant investment.
Meet the team:
Barnaby is an award-winning Creative Director and writer, who has had a long standing desire to direct film. Wale, a script that he wrote in early 2016, will be his directorial debut. However, Barnaby is no stranger to making films. For the past 5 years, he has created several entertaining commercials for brands including the BBC, Nike, Lurpak and Land Rover, and worked with a wide range of talent such as Idris Elba, Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer and Kenneth Cranham. At the age of 26, he was awarded a BAFTA for his promo for the BBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Barnaby is a passionate storyteller, who is committed to creating culturally relevant narratives with imaginative visual techniques. For his first film, he is teaming up with long-time friend and actor, Ed Speleers, who will produce the film. Barnaby and Ed are looking forward to working with a diverse range of acting and production talent to bring Wale to life this December.
See some of Barnaby's work at: gusandbarn.com
Ed has been acting on screen for both Film and Television for more than 11 years. His first professional job was 20th century Fox's 2006 fantasy adventure Eragon. In which he played the title role alongside Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Rachel Weisz. Since then Ed has had roles in Golden Globe and Emmy award winning shows such as Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall. As well as enjoying the realms of independent cinema in films such as Omer Fast's Remainder based on the Tom Mcarthy novel with Tom Sturridge and A Lonely Place to Die alongside Sean Harris and Paul Anderson. His most recent projects include Disney's Alice: Through The Looking Glass and he has just wrapped on Imaginarium's Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. Its long been an ambition of Ed's to produce and tell stories that he feels are both engaging and thought provoking. Barnaby and Ed have been developing projects together for the last two years and are keen to see their first short Wale shot by the end of the year.
See Ed's filmography at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1968873/
In 2012, Catherine began working at The Imaginarium Studios, a production company and performance capture studio in London. Alongside assisting Andy Serkis on Star Wars: Force Awakens; Avengers: Age of Ultron; and numerous other projects, Catherine also worked under Jonathan Cavendish and the Executive Producers for the upcoming Andy Serkis directed films; Breathe (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), and the Warner Brothers film The Jungle Book (Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch). Catherine is now beginning to produce projects both within The Imaginarium and outside the company, on projects that are both creatively engaging and visually striking. Catherine is very much looking forward to working with Barnaby, Ed, Sophie and the team on Wale.
See Catherine's filmography at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4970189/
After assisting in various roles on Decline Of An Empire (Peter O'Toole, Edward Fox), Sophie was captivated and hooked on making films and telling profound stories and has not looked back since. In 2014 Sophie took on the role of production assistant on Breaking The Bank (Kelsey Grammer, Tamsin Greig) and 3rd AD on Fear Of Water (Lily Loveless, Alexander McQueen). With an ambition of becoming a Producer she made her first short film Blood On The Road. In 2015 she joined The Imaginarium Studios based in London, headed by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish, where she has worked on a variety of projects as Imaginarium's Production Coordinator, as well as working closely with the Executive Producer, most recently working on Breathe (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy). Sophie is keen to find further projects which are captivating and multifaceted to grow and develop with. She feels Wale is the perfect opportunity to do this, a gripping and vivid story worth telling, with a talented and dedicated team attached.
Luis is an award winning composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in London. In the last few years Luis has composed and produced music for commercial campaigns by directors such as Michel Gondry, Jonathan Glazer and Cary Fukunaga. As an engineer he recorded the BAFTA nominated score with Mica Levi for Under The Skin, directed by Glazer, and recently worked with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to record All the Gold in California, which later featured in True Detective season 2. Since 2011 he has been a member of Soundtree Music, founded by Peter Raeburn.
Born and raised in Govanhill, Glasgow. Des Hamilton stumbled into a career in film as a Casting Director in 2001 with Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar, where he famously stopped Samantha Morton's co lead Kathleen McDermott on the street, asking her to audition for the film. Kathleen went on to win a BAFTA for best newcomer. Des Hamilton Casting have continued with great success to cast via traditional channels (theatrical agents, drama schools etc) and from the street, most notably with the casting of Thomas Turgoose for This is England. Des has worked on an eclectic mix of projects, including: Bronson, Four Lions, Antichrist, Tyrannosaur, Wuthering Heights, and Channel 4’s Top Boy, engaging with a broad range of directors such as Nicolas Winding Refn, Amanda Boyle, Shane Meadows, Gaspar Noe, Saul Dibb, Andrea Arnold, Lone Scherfig and Lars Von Trier.
Elan began her casting journey 5 years ago, assisting Des Hamilton on a plethora of projects from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives to Lars von Trier’s two part art film Nymphomaniac. She continues to work alongside Des, sharing his appreciation for the potential in unearthing new talent; often traveling internationally to discover the best suited characters for each given brief. Recent associate credits include David Michôd's War Machine starring Brad Pitt and Sean Ellis' Anthropoid featuring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan.
Netti Hurley - Stills Photographer
Risks and challenges
This is a film that will be shot at several locations on a relatively small budget. It will therefore require rigorous preparation and smart thinking in order to capture everything required.
We are fully aware of the tasks ahead of us and will work day and night until and throughout the shoot to make sure that we are best prepared for every eventuality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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