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The Selfish Giant ()


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Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal.

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Arbor
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Swifty
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Johnny Jones
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Mick Brazil
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Railway Man (as Everal A. Walsh)
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Kitten
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Mary
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Martin Fenton
Rebecca Manley ...
Michelle 'Shelly' Fenton
John Wall ...
School Nurse
Mohammed Ali ...
Mo
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Teacher
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'Price Drop' Swift
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Mrs. Swift
Bailey Clapham ...
Swift Child
Jake Gibson ...
Swift Child
Sofina-Rose Hussain ...
Swift Child
Peter-Lee Lowther ...
Swift Child
Aron Ryan ...
Swift Child
Macy Shackleton ...
Swift Child
Patrick McCann ...
Neighbour
Joshua Foulds ...
Josh
Blake Atkinson ...
Blake
James Booth ...
Jay
Rhys McCoy ...
Daniel
Dougie Rooks ...
Deputy Headteacher
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Headteacher
William Fox ...
Passerby
Kayle Stephens ...
Chip 'n' Pin Sulky Rider
Michael Cahill ...
'Smart Price Drop' Man
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Caretaker
Beverly Higgins ...
School Secretary
Harry Clavert ...
Scrap Yard Worker
Robert Hudson ...
Power Station Worker
Rob Snell ...
Power Station Worker
Max Smith ...
Power Station Worker
Chris Yates ...
Power Station Worker
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Policeman
Vicki Hackett ...
WPC Hayward
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Kevin / Road Race Spectator (as Matty Bailey)
Steven 'Peanut' Walker ...
Wizz
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Phil the Barman
Garry Page ...
Garry
Tim Paley ...
Driver
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Huddersfield Scrapyard Man
Joshua Haase ...
Policeman
Simon Hearn ...
Policeman
Mark Pitts ...
Policeman
Ragdoll ...
Tarmac Tommy
Junior ...
Diesel
Princess Bush ...
Chip 'n' Pin
Queenie ...
Mare
Duchess ...
Foal
Josh Bailey ...
Road Race Spectator
Richard Bell ...
Road Race Spectator
Clay Barnard Chodzko ...
Road Race Spectator
Seth Barnard Chodzko ...
Road Race Spectator
Joel Clough ...
Road Race Spectator
Dale Conroy ...
Road Race Spectator
Daniel Crotty ...
Road Race Spectator
Jon 'Badger' Gray ...
Road Race Spectator
Robert Haythorne ...
Road Race Spectator
Harry Humphrey ...
Road Race Spectator
John Humphrey ...
Road Race Spectator (as 'Cheeky' John Humphrey)
Paul Kenny ...
Road Race Spectator
Anthony Lowther ...
Road Race Spectator
Lewis Murch ...
Road Race Spectator
Paul Murphy ...
Road Race Spectator
Daniel O'Donnell ...
Road Race Spectator
Jonathan Payne ...
Road Race Spectator
Anthony Pearson ...
Road Race Spectator
Joseph Priestly ...
Road Race Spectator (as Joseph G. Priestly)
Nick Rowley ...
Road Race Spectator (as 'Naughty' Nick Rowley)
Joe Saul ...
Road Race Spectator
Steve Saul ...
Road Race Spectator
Ginger Sellars ...
Road Race Spectator
Sam-Boy Sellars ...
Road Race Spectator
Paddy Shanahan ...
Road Race Spectator
Martin Shaw ...
Road Race Spectator
Martin Stokes ...
Road Race Spectator
Thomas Stokes ...
Road Race Spectator
Jimmy Tate ...
Road Race Spectator
Daniel Tolhurst ...
Road Race Spectator
Max Tolhurst ...
Road Race Spectator
Josh Wade ...
Road Race Spectator

Directed by

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Clio Barnard

Written by

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Clio Barnard ... (written by)
 
Oscar Wilde ... (inspired by 'The Selfish Giant')

Produced by

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Katherine Butler ... executive producer
Lizzie Francke ... executive producer
Tracy O'Riordan ... producer

Music by

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Harry Escott

Cinematography by

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Mike Eley ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Nick Fenton

Editorial Department

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Mike Andrews ... digital film technician
Len Brown ... digital intermediate film consultant
Michelle Cort ... digital intermediate conform editor
Theresa Crooks ... digital intermediate conform editor
Johnathan Wei Dickinson ... data transfer (as Jonny Dickinson)
Tim Drewett ... digital intermediate conform editor
John Ensby ... laboratory contact: Technicolor Pinewood
Nion Hazell ... negative checker
Matt James ... digital intermediate supervisor
Steve Knight ... digital intermediate coordinator
Justin Lanchbury ... digital intermediate consultant
Andrew MacRitchie ... assembly editor
Steve Mercer ... assistant editor
Laura Metcalfe ... digital intermediate post-production manager
Steve Owen ... data transfer
Gareth Parry ... digital intermediate on-line editor
Martin Scoones ... film grader: Technicolor Pinewood
Asa Shoul ... digital intermediate colorist
Tom Sugden ... digital intermediate conform editor
Jamie Welsh ... digital intermediate conform editor
Liam Wife ... editing equipment: Hyperactive Broadcast

Casting By

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Amy Hubbard

Production Design by

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Helen Scott

Art Direction by

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David Bowes

Costume Design by

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Matthew Price

Makeup Department

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Jessica Goodall ... hair stylist: additional photography / makeup artist: additional photography
Gary Hartley Farrar ... hair stylist: additional photography / makeup artist: additional photography
Alice Hopkins ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Fiona Lobo-Cranston ... hair supervisor: additional photography / makeup supervisor: additional photography
Sue Wyburgh ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

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Ameenah Ayub Allen ... production manager
Meg Clark ... post-production supervisor
Tracey Josephs ... head of production: Film4
Fiona Lamptey ... production manager: Film4
Ian MacDonald ... additional unit manager: additional photography
Fiona Morham ... head of production: BFI
Gary Preston ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tony Aherne ... first assistant director
Matt Carver ... first assistant director: additional photography
Harry Eagle ... third assistant director
Bruce H. Gill ... third assistant director
Richard Stanley Jan Harris ... second assistant director (as Richard Harris)
Reshma Makan ... second assistant director
Paul Sparrow ... second assistant director: additional photography (as Paul C. Sparrow)

Art Department

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Maxine Carlier ... standby art director
Charlotte Farnell ... art department intern
Hannah Gawthorpe ... art department intern
Tom Higgins ... standby carpenter: additional photography
Douglas Ingram ... storyboard artist
Helen Jones ... production buyer
Martin Koen ... dressing props
Kirsty Lea ... art department intern
Jonny Mellor ... painter (as Johnny Mellor)
Neil O'Rourke ... property master
Thomas Power ... standby art director: additional photography / standby props (as Tom Power)

Sound Department

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Tim Barker ... sound designer / sound recordist
Philip Clements ... foley editor
Andie Derrick ... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Dan Green ... dialogue editor
Sue Harding ... foley artist
Martin Jensen ... re-recording mixer
David Mitchell ... sound recordist: additional photography
Rebecca Morgan ... sound maintenance engineer: additional photography
Juraj Mravec ... foley supervisor
Forbes Noonan ... re-recording mixer
Jess Pegram ... studio manager: Boom Post
Chinna Udenze ... boom operator
Luis Fernandez Garcia ... assistant sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Scott MacIntyre ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Tom Debenham ... visual effects supervisor: One Of Us
Chaya Feiner ... visual effects producer: One Of Us
Dominic Parker ... visual effects supervisor: One Of Us
Mike Pope ... digital artist: One Of Us
Rachael Penfold ... visual effects executive producer: One of Us (uncredited)

Stunts

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Abbi Collins ... stunt coordinator
Rob Jarman ... stunt driver
Ray Nicholas ... additional stunt coordinator
Curtis Rivers ... additional stunt coordinator
Richard Wheeldon ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter Bains ... genny operator / production electrician
Borja Berrosteguieta ... second assistant camera
Matt Bounsall ... camera equipment: Take2
Ian Coffey ... first assistant camera: additional photography
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas ... "b" camera operator: second unit
Matthew French ... second assistant camera
Ross Gill ... camera intern
Daniel Holland ... "b" camera operator: second unit (as Dan Holland)
Lionel Johnson ... digital imaging technician
Mark Jones ... grip
Brendan Judge ... "b" camera grip: second unit
Jan Koblanski ... camera trainee
Richard Lawson ... "b" camera first assistant: second unit
Jason Lee ... assistant grip: second unit
Dave Leigh ... crane technician: second unit
Deena Mathews ... additional camera equipment: ARRI Media
Paul Murphy ... gaffer
Agatha A. Nitecka ... still and specials photographer
Dean Oram ... cranes: Panavision Manchester
Jessica Oxley ... camera trainee: second unit
Craig Parker ... "b" camera first assistant: second unit
Iwan Prys Reynolds ... first assistant camera
Craig Shields ... assistant grip: second unit
Laura Thompson ... lighting equipment: ARRI Lighting
William Tracey ... rigging gaffer
Simon Wood ... steadicam operator: second unit
Will Akbar ... vt operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Simon Cox ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elin Karner ... costume trainee
Sophie O'Neill ... costume supervisor
Anna Robson ... costume trainee
Lauren Sutton ... costume trainee
Ailsa Windsor ... costume trainee

Location Management

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Jonathan Davies ... location manager
Danny Janes ... location caterer: Daru TV & Film
Beverley Lamb ... additional location finding
Anna Lee ... additional location finding / location manager: additional photography
Flo Miller ... location assistant
Emma Plimmer ... additional location agent: Locality

Music Department

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Joe Auckland ... musician: flugelhorn
Craig Fortnam ... musician: guitars
Arthur Lea ... musician: tenor horn
Trevor Mires ... musician: euphonium
Hugh Wilkinson ... musician: percussion
Ian Wood ... music mixer / music recordist

Script and Continuity Department

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Liz Briggs ... additional script supervisor
Sylvia Parker ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Nigel Aldworth ... action vehicles
Arnold Clarke ... vehicle hire: Enterprise Rent-A-Car (as Arnold Clark)
Julie Freeth ... technical vehicle hire: Barnes Hire
Gary Preston ... action vehicles / facilities
Wayne Ridal ... tracking vehicles/low loaders: Anglo American Filming Vehicles
Anthony 'Cheeky' Walsh ... action vehicles
Neil Adams ... action vehicles: Neil Adams TV & Film (uncredited)

Other crew

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Robin Anson ... production runner
Josh Bailey ... workshop participant
Matt Bailey ... workshop participant (as Matty Bailey)
Jonah Carroll ... workshop participant
Jonathan Carter ... unit medic: Mediprop
Sarah Caughey ... senior business affairs executive: BFI
Lisa Chapman ... chaperone
Sue Charles ... clearance legal services: Aslan Charles Kousetta
Abbi Collins ... horse master
Sean Connolly ... production assistant
Cristina Cretu ... production runner
Matt Curtis ... titles designer
David Danisovszky ... accounts assistant
Julie Dixon ... chaperone
Craig England ... chef
Natalie Gavin ... workshop participant
David Gillon ... unit medic: Mediprop
Rio Ginnelly ... chaperone
Jane Goodwin ... riding instructress: Conner Chapman
Jess Gormley ... workshop participant
Mark Hollis ... chaperone / tutor
Steve Howard ... health and safety advisor: JHA Safe T
Tom Hulme ... workshop participant (as Thomas Hulme)
Mick Hurrell ... health and safety advisor: JHA Safe T
Kasif Iqbal ... workshop participant
David Jones ... production accountant
Ethan Jones ... workshop participant
Emma Kayee ... production coordinator
Natasha Lauder ... production assistant
Andrew Lee ... chef
Louise Long ... legal and business affairs: Film4
Jonathan Mason ... workshop participant
Marcus McSweeney ... epk
Nohail Nazir Mohammed ... workshop participant
Jane Moore ... production legal services: Jane Moore Solicitors
Paul Murphy ... additional horse master
Keeley Naylor ... unit publicist: Emfoundation
Jacob Nielsen ... accounts intern
Kimberly Noone ... artists accommodation: Hilton Bradford (as Kimberley Noon)
Daniel O'Donnell ... workshop participant (as Danny O'Donnell)
Alan Parkinson ... archive footage: Compuhire
Conner Petty ... workshop participant
Andrew Pilkington ... production runner
Amanda Pyne ... production finance: BFI
Lila Rawlings ... story development
Ben Roberts ... director of film fund: BFI
Hannah Saunders ... projects and marketing coordinator: Film4
Jason Shaw ... insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Rajesh Shinde ... archive footage: Compuhire
Cory Sizer ... workshop participant
Trent Sizer ... workshop participant
Aaron Smith ... workshop participant
Colson Smith ... workshop participant
Sue Bruce Smith ... commercial and brand strategy: Film4 (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
Paul Sparrow ... production coordinator: additional photography (as Paul C. Sparrow)
Martin Stokes ... workshop participant
Jimmy Tate ... horse master / horse supplier
Daniel Warrish ... workshop participant
Gaynor Watts ... additional chaperones supplier: Tykes 2000 Casting
Alison Webster ... horse coordinator / horse master coordinator
Ben Wilkinson ... business affairs manager: BFI
Jamie Wolpert ... development editor: BFI
Rob Yeomans ... floor runner
Richard Ligthart ... dvd featurette (uncredited)

Thanks

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Matt Bailey ... special thanks (as Matty Bailey)
Sharon Bailey ... special thanks
Stuart Baker ... thanks
Nicky Ball ... special thanks: Creative England
John Barnard ... special thanks
Matthew Bates ... special thanks
Steve Bishop ... thanks: Fabric - Culture for the Arts Bradford
Violet Cannon ... thanks
Adam Chodzko ... thanks
Clay Barnard Chodzko ... special thanks
Seth Barnard Chodzko ... special thanks
Raymond Coleman ... thanks
Martin Cooke ... special thanks: Dick Lane Metals
Elizabeth Cowie ... thanks (as Professor Elizabeth Cowie)
Katie Crofts ... thanks
Tom Debenham ... thanks
Janis Duff ... thanks: THS (as Janis Duff & Tracy Smith)
Richard Dunbar ... thanks
James Gander ... thanks
Kyle Gibson ... thanks
Danny Gulliver ... thanks
Alexander Gunn ... thanks (as Alex Gunn)
Mark Haddon ... thanks: Haddon PR
Janet Harbord ... thanks (as Professor Janet Harbord)
Zoe Harper ... thanks
Dominic Harrison ... thanks
Diane Heywood ... thanks
Chris Hordley ... special thanks: Creative England
Mylo Riordan Johnson ... special thanks
Barry Kimm ... thanks: Pact
Alison Lockett ... thanks
Bebhinn Lynch ... thanks
Leena Markovic ... thanks
Charlotte Maude ... thanks
Michael Morris ... special thanks
Louise Murphy ... thanks
Shazia Nazir ... thanks
Eileen O'Riordan ... special thanks
Mitchell Oddie ... thanks
Dominic Parker ... thanks
Kate Penlington ... thanks
Isaac Ravenscroft ... thanks
Lila Rawlings ... special thanks
Pete Rennie ... thanks
Angela Scott ... thanks
David Seaton ... thanks
Gideon Seymour ... thanks: Fabric - Culture for the Arts Bradford
Ian Smith ... special thanks: The Television Workshop
Tracy Smith ... thanks: THS (as Janis Duff & Tracy Smith)
Jan Speechley ... thanks: BBEC (as Jan Speechley & Sue Walton)
Maxine Stanley ... thanks
Alex Stevens ... thanks (as Professor Alex Stevens)
Anne Tate ... thanks
Jimmy Tate ... thanks (as James Tate)
Jemima Thomas ... thanks
Sue Walton ... thanks: BBEC (as Jan Speechley & Sue Walton)
Dan Weldon ... thanks: Northern Film School
David Wilson ... special thanks: Bradford UNESCO City of Film
Dan Winch ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrap dealer. Wandering their town with just a horse and a cart, they begin collecting scrap metal for him. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten - keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. As Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, tensions build, leading to a tragic event that transforms them all. Written by Sundance Selects

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Also Known As
  • Le géant égoïste (France)
  • Sebicni div (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian title)
  • O Gigante Egoísta (Brazil)
  • 刺蝟少年 (Taiwan)
  • Ο εγωιστής γίγαντας (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United Kingdom $132,128, 25 Oct 2013

Did You Know?

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Trivia Clio Barnard based Arbor and Swifty on two children she met while filming The Arbor (2010) who worked as scrappers. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #10.23 (2013). See more »
Soundtracks Conspiracy See more »
Quotes Policeman: This is a formal interview under caution. Do you understand that, Fenton? Hey, do you understand?
Arbor: Yeah.
Policeman: A witness saw two youths burning railway or communications cable.
Michelle 'Shelly' Fenton: That's nowt to do with him.
Policeman: Cable theft is a very serious crime, Mrs. Fenton. Trespass on the railway is £1,000 fine.
Arbor: I ain't been on railway.
Policeman: Vandalism, endangering lives, maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Michelle 'Shelly' Fenton: He's just a kid. He ain't nicked no cable. You're looking at wrong place.
Policeman: He is, as you say, Mrs. Fenton, a minor. There's unscrupulous people out there getting kids to do their dirty work so they don't get into trouble with the police themselves.
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