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. SOLD OUT.
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.