Date Showing Showing On 9, 11, 12 November
Time Showing Monday 6pm, Wednesday 4pm and Thursday 6pm


MA15+ 1hrs 29mins
drama | 2019, UK | English

Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has repurposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a getaway for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.


Strong coarse language

Mark Jenkin
Original Review
Mark Kermode, Guardian, and Rose Dymock, Film Inquiry
Extracted By
Ed Beswick
Edward Rowe, Mary Woodvine, Simon Shepherd

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Competição Internacional 2019 | Trailer | Bait | Mark Jenkin

Storyline (warning: spoilers)

Fishing stock siblings Martin and Steven Ward are at odds. While the former still scrapes together a living from selling his catch of fish and lobster door-to-door, his brother has succumbed to the tourist trade.  To this end, he has repurposed their late father’s boat to take rowdy, cashed up tourists on sightseeing trips. 

Martin’s sense of betrayal has been exacerbated by the sale of the family home to newcomers Tim and Sandra Leigh who have taken steps to modernise it. Now fishing nets have become chintzy decorations, the perfect accompaniment to a fridge stacked with prosecco. Arguments about quayside parking and the noise of early morning sailings at times threaten to erupt into physical violence in a refreshingly authentic depiction of tensions between locals and tourists in a once-thriving fishing village.

Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin’s independent feature film is a thrillingly adventurous, richly textured, rough-hewn gem that looks like something that has been unsurfaced from another time. Shot with clockwork cameras on grainy 16mm film, which Jenkin hand-processed in his studio, Bait is both an impassioned tribute to Cornwall’s proud past, and a bracingly moving portrait of its troubled present and potential future. 

The scratchy monochrome visuals are jumpy and jarring at times, yet add a dreamlike quality, whilst the post-synched speech has an alienating yet captivating theatricality that is well matched with the brooding atmosphere. The rest of the soundtrack rises and falls like the tide, with Jenkin’s own synth tunes interweaved throughout in a hypnotic rhythm that adds to the immersive storytelling experience.  This is a strangely beautiful yet highly unconventional film that weaves itself into the uncomfortable spaces that exist between class and solidarity in modern British society.

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