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Bait Rated 15

Bait

Dir. Mark Jenkin. UK, 2019. 1h 29m. Starring Ed Rowe, Mary Woodvine, Giles Smith, Simon Shepherd, Georgia Ellery, Stacey Guthrie, Tristan Sturrock.

Family rivalries, an influx of London money, and increasing numbers of stag parties lead to simmering tensions between locals and newcomers in a Cornish harbour village. In the middle of all this, a fisherman struggles to raise the money to buy a boat. Shot on vintage monochrome 16mm, this quirky portrait of a small-town community in economic and social flux is destined to become a modern cult classic.

‘It's a genuine modern masterpiece, which establishes Jenkin as one of the most arresting and intriguing British film-makers of his generation.’ ★★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Guardian

‘A creeping, original British work that feels pounded into existence by hand, or possibly belched up by the angry sea.’ Ian Mantgani, Sight and Sound Magazine