If you’re wondering what the title of The Fence refers to, it’s explained
in the film’s opening titles, it’s an individual who knowingly buys stolen
goods to later resell them for profit.
Writer director William Stones has based The Fence on his own 2018 short
story of the same name, the YouTube video is below but beware watching the
short gives away most of the plot. The only member of the cast to return is
David Perkins who plays the lead role.
Perkins plays Stephen Knight, a teenager living on a Bristol council estate
in the 80s. When his motorbike is stolen he enlists the help of his friends
and his brother Andrew (Eugene Simon) to track down the thief and recover
Whilst The Fence never manages to lose the feeling that it’s based on a
short story with a few new plot lines and characters added to pad out the
running time, with its cracking 80s soundtrack and some fine performances,
Eugene Simon is particularly good as is Sally Phillips as the Knight boys’
mother, The Fence might be thin in terms of story but with an enthusiastic
and talented cast and more than a few laughs there’s worse ways to spend 90
minutes of your time.