This singularly beautiful debut film tells the story of a Cornish fishing village threatened by the rising tide of gentrification. Fisherman Martin seethes as his childhood home is bought and renovated into a tourist rental, and his brother uses their fishing boat as a pleasure cruiser. However, this is no simplistic tale of the old ways dying, and we are soon drawn into a tangled net of resentment, class and capitalism.
A unique blending of subject and aesthetic, Mark Jenkins shot the film entirely on 16mm black and white film, hand processed the film and added all sound and dialogue in post-production. Truly handmade and avoiding the cliches of kitchen sink drama, Bait asks searching and neglected questions about modern Britain.
Director Mark Jenkin joins us for a Q&A screening. Friday 30 August 6.30pm | Curzon Bloomsbury.
Screening to be preceded by an archive clip from 1926 travelogue Away to the West, shot in the Cornish fishing village of Newlyn.
With thanks to BFI Distribution.