directs for the third time, and Fences
is the end result. A triumph, too.
Transferring a multi Tony award winning play to the screen was always going to be a delicate balancing act, incorporating the intimacy of theatre with the broad scope of cinema. However, Denzel Washington
’s third directorial outing (following Antwone Fisher
, The Debaters) does exactly that. Washington delivers a towering adaptation of noted American playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Fences
, which masterly navigates soulful and complex themes in 1950’s Pittsburgh.
Since its lauded Broadway premiere 33 years ago, a film production seemed increasingly inevitable after Paramount acquired the rights back in 1987, with then producer Eddie Murphy
also gunning for co-star status, after searching for a suitable vehicle in which to take on a more serious film role. Wilson's non-negotiable and vocal insistence for an African-American director to helm the substantial venture resulted in