White Colour Black was filmed back in 2016 and is, in 2021, just getting a
general release. Why it’s taken so long for British-Nigerian director
Joseph Adesunloye’s feature debut to see the light of day is something of a
mystery as with its wonderful cinematography and a star making performance
from Dudley O’Shaughnessy, White Colour Black is a gem that should never
have been hidden away for so long.
The story is pretty simple, London based photographer Leke (Dudley
O’Shaughnessy) has it all, his art is gaining recognition and woman fall at
his feet, however hidden behind his care free façade hangs a sadness that
he cannot escape from. Ignoring calls telling him that his father is
seriously ill in Senegal he has eventually to confront the issue when he
gets a message telling him that his father has died.
Reluctantly he leaves London and heads back to Senegal in order to take
care of his father’s estate.
As Leke travels across Senegal, via the bustle of Dakar, to his father’s
village he struggles to come to terms with a culture that he left behind
many years ago and when he arrives at his father’s village the villagers
shun him as they see him, due to him leaving the village, as having being
disrespectful to his father.
The pace of White Colour Black is as slow as the village life that Leke’s
abandoned but thanks to a wonderful performance from O’Shaughnessy, the
camera loves him, White Colour Black is a hidden pleasure that’s well worth