In Bait, a brilliantly original and visually daring independent first feature from writer/director Mark Jenkin, gruff and taciturn Martin Ward (Edward Rowe) is a cove fisherman in Cornwall, but without a boat. His brother Steven (Giles King) repurposed their father’s vessel for tourist trips and they fell out. As Martin struggles to put away a bit of cash every day to buy his own boat, the family rivalry takes its toll, not to mention the influx of London money, stag parties and holiday homes that are displacing the locals in his picturesque Cornish harbour village. As the summer season brings in teenage holidaymakers and AirBnBers, the simmering tensions come to a head.
Stunningly shot on location in Cornwall with an old 16mm Bolex camera, using monochrome Kodak stock which Mark Jenkin hand processed, Bait is a beautifully crafted new film with a vintage feel, that could become a future British social realist classic. Timely and poignant, yet full of humour and with an enjoyably offbeat lo-fi vibe, it gets right to the heart of a modern community facing unwelcome change.
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