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Bait

Stunningly shot in black-and-white 16mm is this tale of a Cornish fisherman’s struggle to protect his ways.

Image from Bait + intro by director Mark Jenkin

UK 2019
Dir Mark Jenkin
With Edward Rowe, Mary Woodvine, Giles King, Simon Shepherd
93min
Digital
Certificate 15
A BFI release

Martin (Rowe) is a fisherman without a boat since his brother repurposed their father’s vessel for tourist trips. As he struggles to buy his own boat he must also cope with family rivalry and the influx of London money, stag parties and holiday homes in his picturesque Cornish harbour village. Summer brings simmering tensions to a head, with tragic consequences. Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Bait is timely and poignant, yet full of humour.

Also available on BFI Player.

+ Travelogue (c.2min)
Archive of Cornish fishermen in the 1920s.



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