Rowan Athale

United Kingdom 105 min Fiction


Ocean’s Eleven meets The Usual Suspects in Northern England, in this exhilarating film about a young ex-con who hooks up with his best mates to embark on a wild — and risky — revenge scheme after being framed by a local drug kingpin. Bolstered by uniformly strong performances, Wasteland has all the elements of a classic heist thriller: a likeable group of guys; a beautiful and reluctantly involved ex-girlfriend; revenge; and the sense that all can be forgiven if justice — even that of the street variety — is served. Wasteland is a gritty, breathtaking ride.


Rowan Athale

Barnsley, Yorkshire (1982). He began his career writing and directing numerous commercials before directing his first short, A Good Life (2010). Wasteland is his feature debut premiered at TIFF 2012. 

Filmography: Wasteland (2012), Good Life (2010, curt).

Rowan Athale

Film information

Original Title: Wasteland
Director: Rowan Athale
Script: Rowan Athale
Contact: Bankside Films
With: Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rheon, Matthew Lewis, Gerard Kearns, Timothy Spall
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2012
Format: Digital
Length: 105 min
Language: English
Subtitles: Catalan
Edition: 2013