Washington Black

Where was Washington Black filmed?

Hulu’s highly anticipated adaptation of Esi Edugyan’s novel is set against a tapestry of diverse and historically rich locations. This limited series, brought to life by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, transports viewers across the vibrant locations and breathtaking landscapes that witness the extraordinary journey of George Washington ‘Wash’ Black.

Filming took place across Iceland, Canada, and Mexico from Mar 15, 2022 – May 20, 2022.

Filming Location List


  • Reykjavik (Studio filming)
  • East Iceland

Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Halifax
  • Lunenberg
  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Louisbourg


Based on the novel:

“Washington Black” is a novel written by Canadian author Esi Edugyan. It was published in 2018 and received widespread critical acclaim. The book is a work of historical fiction set in the 19th century and tells the story of a young slave named George Washington Black, who goes by “Wash.”

The narrative begins on a sugar plantation in Barbados, where Wash is born into slavery. His life takes an unexpected turn that leads to a series of adventures across the globe.

The novel explores themes of freedom, identity, friendship, and the complexities of human relationships, particularly in the context of slavery and the abolitionist movement. Esi Edugyan’s writing is praised for its vivid descriptions, intricate character development, and its ability to engage with historical contexts.

“Washington Black” received numerous awards and nominations, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Man Booker Prize, which it was shortlisted for. It also won the 2018 Giller Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards.

The book has been well-received by both critics and readers, and it has become an important work in contemporary literature, especially in discussions surrounding historical fiction and themes related to slavery and freedom.

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Esi Edugyan’s books on Amazon.com

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