Dir: Mark Jenkin 2019 UK 89 mins 15A Not subtitled
Gruff fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) seethes as his childhood home is bought and renovated into a tourist rental. His brother Steven (Giles King) has also re-purposed their late father’s boat to ferry tourists along the Cornish coast. Now without a boat and displaced to the estate above the harbour, Martin continues to eke out a living by selling fish and lobster door-to-door. Amid increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, Martin fights to regain what he has lost, until a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Bait is a timely and evocative film that gets to the heart of a community facing unwelcome change.
★★★★★ There is heft behind the phantasmagoria and a story that is certain to resonate with many Irish fishing communities. Tara Brady, The Irish Times
Berlin International Film Festival 2019
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019
Galway Film Fleadh 2019
New Horizons International Film Festival Poland 2019
Winner – Audience Award, Best Feature Film, IndieLisboa 2019
Winner – Audience Award, New Horizons International Film Festival Poland 2019
Winner – Grand Prix, New Horizons International Film Festival Poland 2019
★★★★★ Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin’s breakthrough feature is a thrillingly adventurous labour of love – a richly textured, rough-hewn gem in which form and content are perfectly combined. Mark Kermode, The Observer
★★★★ Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years. Adam Woodward, Little White Lies