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Clio Barnard’s stark yet heart-wrenching film The Selfish Giant (2013, UK) offers two fantastic performances from its young stars in their acting debut. Matt Price discusses how his costume design for the film reflects the strong, relatable characters so well…
It is lunchtime in London as costume designer Matthew Price shuffles into the Curzon, Soho. Recently collaborating with Clio Barnard on the Bafta nominated film, The Selfish Giant, reuniting after experimental documentary The Arbour, Price is surprisingly reserved about his work. “I wasn’t really sure if they’d take me on again,” he says of Barnard and producer Tracey O’Riordan. “The Arbour did quite well so I didn’t know if they’d interview designers with more experience but luckily they asked me to do it.”
Connor Chapman as Arbour wearing a pair of rigger boots. These are a commonly worn workwear boot and stereotypically, if accurately, connected with the traveller community. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
This film was first brought to my attention when I saw some guerrilla marketing in and around Bradford, England, the place in which The Selfish Giant was set and filmed. I’m from West Yorkshire so I was interested to see the region represented and was curious about the story too.
Written and directed by Clio Barnard (The Arbor), The Selfish Giant follows the two characters of Arbor and Swifty, two young Yorkshire lads who, after being excluded from their school for fighting, take to the streets in their local area in Bradford and stumble on a scrap dealer named Kitten (Sean Gilder) who puts them to work collecting scrap metal for him, which they can weigh-in and get some money for. Based on the actual occurrence »
- Chris Cummings
There is something disarming about stories that deal with childhood friendships, especially ones that are filmed close to where you live. The Selfish Giant was filmed around the city of Bradford, so there is a familiarity to the landscapes that I see in the movie as I live there. What is more effective is the natural acting of two boys plucked out of obscurity showing a friendship that is all too real and all too painful at the end.
The Selfish Giant is based on an Oscar Wilde short story, and after watching the film you’ll find yourself wanting to read the tale to compare the two. For the film though it tells the story of Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Brought together as »
- Paul Metcalf
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
Gemma Arterton brings beauty, determination and moral goodness to one of the great female roles
A new theatre is often a challenge. Until weathered and worn by use, it can seem strangely cold and forbidding. But the extraordinary thing about the new indoor Jacobean theatre that is part of Shakespeare's Globe, is that it feels as if it's always been there and was just waiting to be uncovered.
Designed by architect Jon Greenfield, it is small, intimate, welcoming. It seats 340 people who sit tightly packed in two galleried tiers in a beautiful oaken building. I wouldn't say the backless seats are the height of sybaritic comfort but they force one to pay attention. But the real innovation is the use of candlelight in the tradition of 17th century theatre. Sliding panels at the back of the auditorium admit artificial light when needed but there is something rich, »
- Michael Billington
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