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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
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Writer:
Andrea Arnold (written by)
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Release Date:
11 September 2009 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
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:
A far cry from the age of aquarius. See more (107 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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123 min
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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:
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:
Get Up Offa That ThingSee more »

FAQ

How did Mia know Connor's address and where he worked?
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33 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A far cry from the age of aquarius., 30 September 2010
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.

There's a lot of great content here in this movie and it's already been rightly praised in almost all corners but when I started watching Fish Tank I started to get worried. The first 10-15 minutes were very reminiscent of Thirteen for me and I hated Thirteen with my reasoning being thus: I dislike annoying teeny girls in real life so why would I want to spend the duration of a movie stuck with them? Drama is supposed to be "life with the dull bits cut out" and while we can often handle masses of detail and indeed endure movies with unlikeable characters they have to be done in such a way that it doesn't become a chore.

Then Fish Tank changes gear and, throughout the course of the movie, it does so two or three times in ways both surprising and loaded with provocative moments.

The basic story is all about Mia, a tough young teenager who seems not to have ever been given any confidence in the future her path could take and so lashes out at anyone around her while momentarily escaping into the pleasure of dancing by herself in a vacant flat. Her mother is a drunken woman who clearly doesn't want her kids around whenever she has a chance to party and her younger sister is just, well, used to things and acts accordingly. But things look up when the mother brings home a fella (Connor, played brilliantly by Michael Fassbender) who actually treats the girls with a bit of kindness and shows them encouragement, especially encouraging Mia's dancing ability.

The core of the movie focuses on Mia's feelings for Connor. Here is a man who can treat her both as a daughter and as an equal, depending on the circumstances, and this is clearly a first for her. Torn between wanting to reclaim lost moments of childhood and embracing her upcoming adult life, Mia is confused and veers between happiness and resentment. Every little girl wants to be a princess at times, like Rapunzel waiting to be whisked away, but some only end up ironically letting their hair down too far.

Performances across the board are strong, with Michael Fassbender and Harry Treadaway being as good as ever and Katie Jarvis simply brilliant in her first feature role, and the direction by Andrea Arnold (working from her own screenplay) manages to keep things just about bearable even as characters try to ruin their own happiness or the happiness of others. The camera-work and sound are at times intrusive while in other moments keep back a little from events, mixing things up so that we get a chance to breathe as the tribulations of life threaten to stifle certain people caught up in events.

For me, personally, I must say that I didn't like the way certain situations developed but the movie serves as a reminder of life and the range of possibilities contained within each and every human being. And I must add that, despite my disappointment with parts of the movie, the whole thing adds up to something pretty great and I never expected to be quite so tense during a last half hour that I'm sure will have many on the edge of their seats. Powerful stuff.

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