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Fish Tank -- Everything changes for 15yr old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Fish Tank -- Clip: Let's see you move to that
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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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 »
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(936 articles)
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Impacting, gritty and very well made even if it is a little bit longer than the material can bear See more (106 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

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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Runtime:
123 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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:
Katie Jarvis, who plays Mia, had never acted before this film. A casting director spotted her having a fight with her boyfriend at a train station and offered her the role.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:
In the Fading LightSee more »

FAQ

How did Mia know Connor's address and where he worked?
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Impacting, gritty and very well made even if it is a little bit longer than the material can bear, 20 February 2010
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Considering how much positive word of mouth it got, Fish Tank came and went pretty sharpish in most cinemas – even those in a larger city such as where I live. This was a shame as it meant I had to keep an eye out to eventually catch the film. Set on a council estate things are typically grim and within the first few minutes of the film we are treated to sudden violence and extreme language – all seemingly par for the course rather than being something special that we are witnessing. In this world lives Mia, a 15 year old who lives with a younger sister and a mother who appears to be not much older than her. She gets in fights and practises dancing by herself in an abandoned flat near her own. Her life appears to change for the better when her mother gets a new boyfriend who is friendly, good fun and is not put off by the sudden aggression that is the signature of life in the family home.

Writer/director Arnold quite impressed me with Wasp a few years ago and she stayed in my memory thanks partly to her shabby treatment at the Oscars (where, as the winner of her category, she had to receive the award in the aisle and do her speech from there – no stage for her), however Fish Tank she stays in my mind on the basis of her film-making ability. Fish Tank is not a perfect film but there is a lot to praise it for. Social-realism is nothing new but Arnold really hits the nail on the head from the start and delivers a simple slice of life that is played in the silences as much as it is in dialogue. There is a downside to this and it is one that most viewers will struggle to ignore – the running time. At two hours the film is just about 20 minutes or so longer than it can bear and, in all the silences, there are frequent areas that feel like dips.

This is a minor thing though because the silences depend on the quality of the direction and of the performances – both of which are excellent. Arnold's use of the camera is great – not only in terms of framing shots but also in terms of movement as this is not a static one shot type of film. The best example of what I mean can be seen in the scene where Mia shows off her dancing for Connor, the camera is close to convey the small room to the audience but it is also delivered with such tension that you can feel what is happening as much as dread it happening. Of course the performances are key in making this type of thing work and everyone is great. In particular Jarvis is brilliantly convincing – most people can do the accent and the swagger but she captures the heart of the character, letting the viewer see it even while keeping it below layer after layer of defence mechanism. She is by far the star of the film and she makes it look easy. Wareing, Fassbender and a few others are all good in support but it is always support.

The plot of the film is slight in a way but at the same time with the direction and the performances as good as they are there is always something going on and, as much as I would have liked it a little shorter, I would be at a loss to say what to cut out to make it that way. Fish Tank ends up as a very engaging and gritty drama thanks to Arnold's direction and Jarvis' very strong performance, it mostly avoids cliché and predictable plotting and the cold grey atmosphere of the whole film makes for a distinctive product. A great British film and very well worth seeing – how BAFTA managed to miss Arnold and Jarvis this year is a mystery to me.

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