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  • Director

    Mark Jenkin

  • Starring

    Edward Rowe, Mary Woodvine, Giles King, Simon Shepherd

  • Run Time

    90 mins

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  • Director of Photography: Mark Jenkin

  • Editor: Mark Jenkin

  • Produced by: Kate Byers, Linn Waite

  • Screenplay by: Mark Jenkin

  • Production Designer: Mae Voogd

  • Sound Production: Daniel Thompson



Part of the Best of British Strand


This remarkable British film from Mark Jenkin is a clash of the old worlds and the new. Cornish fisherman Martin Ward (Edward Rowe) must deal with his brother Steven (Giles King), who uses their boat for tourist cruises, and the well-off Londoners who have bought his childhood home. The cultural clash is represented in the look of the film, shot with an old Bolex camera in black-and-white 16mm and hand-processed by Jenkin, which produces a realistic tone and a sense of depth and history. Beautifully shot, Bait balances modern concerns with nostalgia. [15]

Bait is nominated for the 2019 Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film.

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