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Bait (2019)

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Martin is a fisherman without a boat, his brother Steven having re-purposed it as a tourist tripper. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the harbour.


Mark Jenkin


Mark Jenkin
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Rowe ... Martin Ward
Giles King Giles King ... Steven Ward
Chloe Endean Chloe Endean ... Wenna Kowalski
Janet Thirlaway Janet Thirlaway ... Mrs. Peters
Isaac Woodvine Isaac Woodvine ... Neil Ward
Martin Ellis Martin Ellis ... Billy Ward
Mary Woodvine Mary Woodvine ... Sandra Leigh
Simon Shepherd ... Tim Leigh
Jowan Jacobs Jowan Jacobs ... Hugo Leigh
Georgia Ellery Georgia Ellery ... Katie Leigh
Molly Hawkins Molly Hawkins ... Sophie
Linn Waite ... Sophie's Mum
Lewis Grimshaw Lewis Grimshaw ... William
Stacey Guthrie Stacey Guthrie ... Liz Stewart
Jake Clutsom Jake Clutsom ... Harry


Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.

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The view may be beautiful, but you can't eat it.




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Since the film was shot on a wind up bolex, sound couldn't be recorded on set. All the dialogue was then dubbed in post See more »


Wenna Kowalski: He's wasting his time with her.
Martin Ward: Yeah?
Wenna Kowalski: Yeah. 'Ow's she gonna suck his dick with that plum in 'er mouth?
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Written by Thea Gilmore and Nigel Stonier
Performed by Thea Gilmore
Used by permission.
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Subtle but mesmerizing film that will stick in your head
21 January 2020 | by safsurferSee all my reviews

Black and white is back....'Bait' is a fine piece of visually stunning filmwork.....a bloody work of art. It also includes a cast of many first timers that pulled their weight like big Hollywood stars.

A subtle story with a huge message. As a coastal Floridian USA, I know exactly what this film is talking about, only this film says it much better. I'm not even sure I have the intellect or the vocabulary to offer a satisfactory review or critique of this film.

A simple story with complex characters. Dialog is sparse but adequate and spoken visually with few words. The old time black and white ambiance is the perfect foil to portray the flawed nature of character.

A love story shown from many perspectives. A one time fishing village now in flux and weathering out the new reality. A fisherman unwavering and unwilling to change with the times. I widowed father doing what he needs to survive for his son. The city folk looking for peace and quiet weekend. The Inn keepers building a summer business. Teenagers coming to age and looking for relationships and purpose. The bar, and owner at the center of town serving her patrons and trying to stay afloat. They all revolve each other as each character reaches for what they believe is most important. Tragedy strikes and we see what's truly the most important.

This is a must see film and direction, location, content, casting, script, audio, visual, media, production, editing, etc, etc....were all well defined and executed. I rated a 9, excellent, although this type of film might not be everyone's cup of tea.

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Release Date:

30 August 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bait See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Early Day Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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