Dir: Denzel Washington | USA | 2016 |139 mins
Denzel Washington directs and stars in the multi-Oscar nominated drama Fences – adapted from August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play – alongside a superb Viola Davis.
Washington is Troy Maxson, who lives in 1950s Pittsburgh with his wife Rose (Davis) and son Cory (Jovan Adepo). A waste collector, he dreamed of a baseball career but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. Trying to be a good man, his lost chance at glory eats at him until finally he makes a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. An immeasurably powerful drama exploring the terrible effects of inequality on individual lives, with heavyweight performances from its justly celebrated leads.