International Competition

Black Sheep

Ed Perkins
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 11:00 - 13:00 Theatre 2  
26.02. / Tuesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Thursday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  
Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed.

Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 11, the same age as Cornelius; from Nigeria, the same country as Cornelius' parents. He had the same skin colour and he lived five minutes away. Cornelius’s mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. Rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. And in return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred. But as the violence and racism against other black people continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he had acquired.


Ed Perkins

Ed Perkins is a documentary filmmaker living and working in London. Ed has directed, filmed and edited for National Geographic, BBC, Channel 4, The New Yorker, Stateless Media, Vanity Fair, The Guardian and Focus Features. In 2015, Ed was named as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. After directing the behind-the-scenes documentaries for The Imposter, Project Nim and Searching For Sugar Man, Ed made his debut feature documentary Garnet’s Gold (2014), winning a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer. Since then has directed Bare Knuckle Fight Club (2017) and numerous short films includingBlack Sheep (2018).

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Black Sheep

Great Britain
2018, 27'

Directed by:
Ed Perkins

Screenplay by:
Ed Perkins

Michael Paleodimos

Edited by:
Ed Perkins

Tom Barnes

Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Academy Awards 2019 – Best Documentary Short Subject nominee; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 – Best Short Documentary; Berlin Festival of British Shorts 2019 – Grand Jury Prize; Dallas VideoFest 2018 – Best Short Documentary; Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 – Best of Festival, Best Documentary, Northern Film School Screenplay Award; Guelph Film Festival 2018; This Is England Film Festival Rouen 2018 – Jury Award, Audience Award, Student's Award; Cork International Film Festival 2018 – Best European Short; Hot Docs 2018; London Short Film Festival 2019; Traverse City Film Festival 2018; Camden International Film Festival 2018; Doc Impacto 2018; BFI London Film Festival 2018; Hawaii International Film Festival 2018