Nominated for the 2020 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and British Debut. 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. ★★★★★ “One of the defining British films of the decade” - Mark Kermode, The Observer ★★★★★ “A rare find that is a truly original feature by a British director.” - Sophie Monks Kaufman, Empire

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Runtime 89 Minutes
Release date 2019