Bait (15)

Martin Ward is a cove fisherman without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a Cornish get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbor. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.

For more, read what the BFI said about the film in their ‘Why You Must See’ strand:

“Mark Jenkin shot Bait on a 16mm Bolex and processed the film himself, before dubbing the sound in post [production]. A jagged, otherwordly drama emerges, following a Cornish fisherman (Edward Rowe) bristling against the prosecco-and-pasta invaders of his small village. “There’s one of them over there who’s so posh, I thought he was speaking German,” says a local. Themes of economic struggle and class division have obvious resonance, but this is no agitprop gimmick. Its characters convince, while its images thrill—from swirling, untamed seas to a lobster-pot showdown in the vein of John Ford. Stylised and feverish, it’s a small miracle Bait was ever made, discovered or shared; a tiny treasure that bubbled up above the mainstream and was showered with awards, including a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.”

Friday, June 26th 2020 CANCELLED
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm

Director: Mark Jenkin
Year: 2019
Certificate: 15
Running time: 1 hour 29 minutes

Tickets available from Skiddle here

And the critics say…

“In one of the most extraordinary movie experiences of the year, this Cornish-set drama unfolds in scratchy monochrome and jumpy, jarring shots, mostly featuring weather-beaten fishermen, and lobster pots, and nets and boats.” Kevin Maher, The Times

“Shocking, sad and bitingly funny, as well as strikingly beautiful – casting a vintage net over a contemporary issue that isn’t going away. Sarah Cartland, Caution Spoilers

“…Bait looks set to become one of the defining British films of the year, perhaps the decade.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian

“A film that’s both a celebration of community traditions and a triumph of old-school filmmaking.” Jamie Dunn,  The Skinny