• 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 29min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mark Jenkin
  • Cast: Edward Rowe, Isaac Woodvine, Mary Woodvine, Simon Shepherd

Martin (Rowe) is a boat-less Cornish fisherman trying to restore his family fortunes by catching fish any way he can. Jenkin uses silent cinema techniques to turn the tensions in a fishing village into riveting drama, shooting in black and white on a clockwork Bolex. A pertinent, leftfield take on class warfare.

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Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Mark Jenkin’s Bait is a timely and funny, yet poignant new film that gets to the heart of a Cornish community facing up unwelcome change.

Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, Airbnb and stag parties to his harbour village. The idea of an idyllic Cornish village is a thing of the past and as the summer season heats up, simmering tensions between the locals and newcomers rise to boiling point. Hypnotic and nostalgic, BAIT’s distinctive visual style is hypnotic and nostalgic and is not afraid to ask searching or neglected questions about modern Britain.

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20 Jun 20194 stars

EIFF 2019: Mark Jenkin is at the helm of a riveting and stylistically audacious class warfare drama

A principled fisherman tangles with down-from-London types in this leftfield take on class warfare from writer-director Mark Jenkin. Aping silent cinema in its aesthetic and intensity, it turns the mounting tensions of a Cornish fishing village into…

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