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Fish Tank -- Everything changes for 15yr old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
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Fish Tank -- Everything changes for 15yr old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Fish Tank -- Clip: I'm going to catch a fish
Fish Tank -- Clip: Get some clothes on

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Writer:
Andrea Arnold (written by)
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Release Date:
11 September 2009 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
Live, love and give as good as you get.
Plot:
Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
20 wins & 25 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An exhilarating dance of liberation See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katie Jarvis ... Mia

Michael Fassbender ... Connor

Kierston Wareing ... Joanne
Rebecca Griffiths ... Tyler

Harry Treadaway ... Billy
Sydney Mary Nash ... Keira
Carrie-Ann Savill ... Tyler's Friend
Toyin Ogidi ... Tyler's Friend
Grant Wild ... Keeley's Dad
Sarah Bayes ... Keeley
Charlotte Collins ... Tall Dancing Girl
Kirsty Smith ... Dancing Girl
Chelsea Chase ... Dancing Girl
Brooke Hobby ... Dancing Girl

Jason Maza ... Billy's Brother
Alan Francis ... Free Runner
Ben Francis ... Free Runner

Jack Gordon ... Billy's Brother
Syrus ... Tennents the Dog
Michael Prior ... Connor's Friend
Dave Hawley ... Snogging Man
Lisa Mahoney ... Snogging Woman
Sarah Counsell ... Social Worker
Nick Staverson ... Shouting Man
Sunanda Biswas ... Breaker
Gavin Cooper ... Breaker
Amir Saleem ... Breaker
Jody Schroeder ... Breaker
Fase Alzakwani ... Breaker
Stella McGowan ... Breaker
Mia Copas ... Breaker

Anthony Geary ... Van Man (as Tony Geary)
Hannah-Marie Keeble ... Danton Road Girl
Joanna Horton ... Kelly
Charlie Baker ... Podium Girl
Peter Roue ... Club DJ
Geoff McCracken ... Club Man
Val King ... Club Woman
Kishana Thomas ... Audition Girl
Raquel Thomas ... Audition Girl
Natasha Ilic ... Audition Girl
Maxine Brogan ... Audition Girl
Kirsty Page ... Audition Girl
Georgia Crane ... Audition Girl
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Directed by
Andrea Arnold 
 
Writing credits
Andrea Arnold (written by)

Produced by
Kees Kasander .... producer
Lisette Kelder .... associate producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Nick Laws .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Phonso Martin  (as Steel Pulse)
 
Cinematography by
Robbie Ryan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Chaudeurge 
 
Casting by
Jill Trevellick 
 
Production Design by
Helen Scott 
 
Art Direction by
Christopher Wyatt 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Petrie 
 
Makeup Department
Alex King .... makeup assistant
Marese Langan .... hair & make-up designer
 
Production Management
John David Gunkle .... unit manager (as David Gunkle)
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Beth Timbrell .... production manager
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Grumett .... first assistant director
Carley Lane .... third assistant director
Jo Tew .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Maxine Carlier .... stand-by art director
Oliver Hazell .... dressing props
Johnny Mellor .... dressing props
Jason Orr .... propmaster
Thomas Power .... prop hand
Carly Shenstone .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Per Boström .... sound re-recording mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr recordist
Tom Deane .... adr mixer
Linda Forsén .... dialogue editor
Christer Melén .... sound effects editor
Lotta Nilsson .... foley recordist
Ulf Olausson .... foley artist
Rashad Omar .... sound recordist
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Will Whale .... sound maintenance engineer (as William Whale)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Alterman .... compositor: Rushes
Michael Deming .... digital film bureau: Ascent 142 Features
Joseph Dymond .... compositor: Rushes
Chris Elson .... compositor: Rushes
Sukh Gill .... visual effects coordinator: Rushes
Noel Harmes .... compositor: Rushes
Neil Harrison .... digital intermediate systems administrator
Louise Hussey .... visual effects producer: Rushes
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau: Ascent 142 Features
Anthony Laranjo .... compositor: Rushes
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager: Ascent 142 Features
Gordon Pratt .... digital film bureau: Ascent 142 Features
Jonathan Privett .... visual effects supervisor: Rushes
Laurent Treherne .... digital film technical supervisor: Ascent 142 Features
Alan Williamson .... data management: Rushes
 
Stunts
Abbi Collins .... stunt coordinator
Sarah Franzl .... stunt coordinator
James O'Donnell .... stunts (as James O'Dee)
Karen Smithson .... safety driver
James Grogan .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rachel Clark .... second assistant camera
Andy Cole .... rigging gaffer
John Colley .... gaffer
Holly Horner .... still photographer
Naresh Kaushal .... clapper loader
Tony Kay .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Watters .... focus puller
Victoria Hanna .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
James Matai .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
Chris Stevens .... camera trainee (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sarah Counsell .... casting assistant
Lucy Pardee .... casting assistant
Gustavo Portugal .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Holly Freeman .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Siobhan Boyes .... post-production coordinator
Paul Dean .... supervising rushes colorist
Rob Farris .... digital intermediate producer
Marie Fernandes .... digital intermediate producer
Rob Gordon .... digital on-line editor
Emily Greenwood .... digital on-line editor
Rebecca Lloyd .... first assistant editor
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of production
Alexandra Montgomery .... post-production coordinator
Rob Pizzey .... digital colorist
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant colorist
Laurent Treherne .... digital film technical supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Alison Butters .... music clearance (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Paul Gatley .... driver: mpv
Steve John .... driver: camera truck
David Lewis .... unit driver (as Dave Lewis)
Geoff McCracken .... driver: minibus
 
Other crew
Alison Balch .... head of international operations: ContentFlm International
Liz Barron .... representative: Limelight
Natalie Bass .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Judith Baugin .... head of international marketing: ContentFilm International
Graham Begg .... head of film & television finance: ContentFilm International
Sunanda Biswas .... choreographer
Rona Brown .... animal consultant: dogs
Jamie Carmichael .... president: ContentFilm International
Emma Clarke .... senior production executive: UK Film Council
Paul Collard .... vice president film and digital services: Soho Film Lab
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council
Emma Davie .... unit publicist
Marie Dong .... assistant accountant
Sandra Downing .... chaperone
Peter Eardley .... production accountant
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Alex Gardner .... unit nurse
Ben Gladstone .... location manager
Jane Hawley .... production executive: BBC Films
Emma Hazell .... production coordinator (as Emma Olrich-Smith)
Michael Henry .... representative: Limelight
Mick Hurrell .... health and safety advisor
Ineke Kanters .... representative: Kasander
Alexandra Keen .... legal advisor: ContentFilm International, Lee & Thompson
Stephen Kingsley .... legal representative: Limelight, Thurloe & Lyndhurst
Alexander Lewis .... accounts trainee
Ivan Mactaggart .... representative: Limelight
Christos Michaels .... legal advisor: ContentFilm International, Lee & Thompson
Kathleen Mullins .... chaperone
Genevieve Nash .... chaperone
Beatrice Neumann .... legal advisor: ContentFilm International, Lee & Thompson
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance: AON/Albert G Ruben
Beth Pattinson .... development editor: BBC Films
Ann Peck .... chaperone
Kate Penlington .... negative checks: Raging Goose London
Natasha Pilbrow .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: UK Film Council
Willy Rasenberg .... representative: Kasander
Janet Rogers .... horse coordinator
Livy Sandler .... legal and business affairs: BBC Films
Paul Sharples .... chaperone
Maxine Stanley .... post-production accountant
Tanya Steel .... animal coordinator: dogs
John Taylor .... laboratory project manager
Natascha Teunissen .... representative: Kasander
Julia Ton .... representative: Kasander
Matthew Vizard .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films
James Watson .... director of legal affairs: Soho Film Lab
Erica Watt .... representative: Limelight
Richard White .... unit nurse
Jannika Öberg .... production assistant
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc. (uncredited)
Andrew R. Gardiner .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kate Bloxham .... thanks
Carrie Comerford .... thanks
Steve Mercer .... thanks
Michael Nollet .... thanks
Karenjit Sahota .... thanks
Faye Ward .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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123 min
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:16 | Ireland:15 (video rating) | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was shot chronologically, and the actors were shown only the part of the script they would be filming the following week - none of them knew what would happen to their characters later in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mia takes the alcohol bottle from the woman at one of the parties, it is almost empty. Later, Mia is seen drinking from the bottle in her mother's bedroom and the bottle is half full.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Mia calls Keeley using a cellphone]
Keeley:[from an answering machine] Hey, it's Keeley. Leave me a message.
Mia:Keeley, it's me. What's going on? I've left like three messages. I said sorry, didn't I? You know what I'm like. I was pissed off. Ring me back, you bitch.
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Soundtrack:
Broadway JungleSee more »

FAQ

How did Mia know Connor's address and where he worked?
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58 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
An exhilarating dance of liberation, 28 March 2010
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The poet Rumi said, "A rose's rarest essence lives in the thorn." The thorn is in full evidence in Andrea Arnold's compellingly honest second feature Fish Tank, the story of a fifteen year-old girl's struggle for self respect after having "grown up absurd" in the London projects. Fish Tank, a film that is overflowing with life, works on many levels – as a look into squalid economic and social conditions in small town Britain, as a warning to those who act impulsively and without self-control, and as a coming-of-age story that allows us to experience a genuine sense of character growth. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the film features an astounding performance from first-time actress Katie Jarvis, a 17-year-old who was discovered by the director while having an argument with her boyfriend on an Essex train station platform.

Set in a bleak housing project in a working class London suburb, fifteen-year-old Mia is an angry, isolated but vulnerable teen who lives with her boozy mom (Koerston Wareing) and little sister Tyler (an adorable Rebecca Griffiths). Mia has no friends and is dogged by a mean-spirited mother who makes Mo'Nique in Precious look like Mother Teresa. Filled with barely controlled rage, Mia seems uncertain as to whether she is looking for a fight or for sex. She goes from head-butting a rival on the playground to struggling to free a half-starved horse tied up in a junkyard while cozying up to the horse's owner Billy (Harry Treadway), a gentle 19-year-old who seems genuinely interested.

Dreaming of becoming a dancer, Mia breaks into an abandoned apartment and practices her hip-hop dance routines alone to borrowed CDs of pop music including California Dreaming, the only time when she can feel good about herself. Mia's first taste of something resembling kindness happens when her mother brings home a sexy, shirtless Irish lover named Connor (Michael Fassbender) who works as a security guard Fassbender's performance oscillates between the charming and the shady and we do not know who is real and who is pretend and where it will lead. Mia has more than a passing interest in him, revealed by her deep glances and facial expressions.

When Connor lends Mia his camera to film her dancing in preparation for an audition, she uses it to spy on Connor and her mom making love. One of the loveliest scenes is when Connor carries a drunken Mia from the living room and puts her to bed, gently taking off her clothes while Mia, pretending to be asleep, sneaks an occasional peak and is obviously enjoying the moment. Although Connor's interest in Mia appears innocent, from the time Mia cuts her foot on a family fishing trip and Connor gives her a piggy back ride to the car, tension gradually builds until it explodes in a seduction that is not only inappropriate but has serious consequences.

Fish Tank is a strong and unpredictable film because Mia is a strong (though flawed) character who refuses to allow her miserable circumstances to control her life. Arnold uses the fierce slang of the streets, overt sexual encounters, and gritty hand-held camera-work to tell an authentic story of adolescence that in lesser hands might have recycled genre clichés, provided a falsely uplifting message, or offered a sentimentalized view of poverty. That the film opens the door long enough to provide a breath of fresh air once again tells us that life can be governed by what is possible rather than what is reasonable and Fish Tank, instead of becoming another sordid study of pathology, becomes an exhilarating dance of liberation.

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