The New Waves


Henry Blake | United Kingdom | 2019 | 90 min
O.V in English subtitled in Spanish

Many things happen in the underworld, without us knowing about them. This is the case of what is known as "county lines", the practice of using children to pass drugs from cities to rural and coastal areas. A good picture of today's England that Blake condemns through this powerful debut, a fiction based on real events. Tyler, a teenager who lives with his mother and sister in a humble apartment, loses interest in high school as he becomes entangled in the murky business of a local criminal. A difficult circle to leave in a hostile environment, and with the only hope of a mother that could bear the guts to do so.

Direction: Henry Blake
Script : Henry Blake
Cinematography: Sverre Sordal FNF
Editing: Paco Sweetman
Music: James Pickering
Sound: Ben Baird
Cast: Conrad Khan, Ashley Madekwe , Harris Dickinson, Tabitha Milne-Price, Marcus Rutherford
Production: Victoria Bavister, David Broder
Production Company: Two Birds Entertainment, Loupe Films


Originally from New Zealand, Henry Blake is a writer/director based in London. His debut feature, County Lines, received its UK premier at this year’s London Film Festival. Blake’s previous short film, also called County Lines, credits include (nominated Best British Short Film Award - London Short Film Festival 2019) Gus & Son (Sao Paolo Short Film Festival 2017), Once Removed (London Short Film Festival 2012), The Boxer (commissioned by London 2012) and Addi & Chess (No Gloss Film Festival 2013). Blake is a founding member of Two Birds Entertainment with producer Victoria Bavister. He is developing a number of projects in both film and TV.