-Bait + Q&A with co-producer Kate Byers

Fri 28 January 2022
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £5

Director: Mark Jenkin, (UK, 2019)

Certification: 15  | 1h 29 min | Drama | Language: English 

The picture-postcard idyll of the Cornwall fishing village is misleading. While fishing used to be a way of supporting oneself, wealthy London tourists have now descended and are displacing the locals, whose livelihood is thus threatened. The relationship between brothers Steven and Martin is also strained. Martin is a fisherman without a boat, since Steven started using it for far more lucrative tours for all the day-trippers. They’ve sold the family cottage and now it seems that the final battle to be fought is that with the new owners over the parking space next to the sea. Yet the situation soon gets out of hand, and not just because of the wheel clamp. 

Bait is a black-and-white film shot on hand-processed 16mm. Numerous close-ups of fish, nets, lobsters, wellington boots, knots and catch baskets bring to mind the theory of a montage of attractions. The depiction of the different social strata – one could speak of class relations – is also reminiscent of the tradition of social realism in British cinema. Above all, however, a whole lot of current political relevance is waiting to be discovered beneath the different layers of film historical references contained in the images. 

After the film screening, Kate Byers, co-producer of the film will join us for a live Q&A via Zoom where members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask directly their questions. 

Kate Byers and Linn Waite are the founders of Early Day Films Limited, a company based in Bristol. They brought together the finance for Bait to shoot exclusively in Cornwall in Autumn 2017 and forged partnerships with Kodak and Falmouth University. Early Day Films was recognised by Creative England as one of 50 of the most exciting, innovative and disruptive creative companies and individuals across film, games and digital media.

★★★★★ “One of the defining British films of the decade. Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin’s breakthrough feature is a thrillingly adventurous labour of love” – The Guardian 

★★★★★ “A timely social portrait and a timeless work of art”Empire

With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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