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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.

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Mark Jenkin

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Mark Jenkin
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edward Rowe ... Martin Ward
Mary Woodvine Mary Woodvine ... Sandra Leigh
Simon Shepherd ... Tim Leigh
Giles King Giles King ... Steven Ward
Chloe Endean Chloe Endean ... Wenna Kowalski
Isaac Woodvine Isaac Woodvine ... Neil Ward
Georgia Ellery Georgia Ellery ... Katie Leigh
Jowan Jacobs Jowan Jacobs ... Hugo Leigh
Stacey Guthrie Stacey Guthrie ... Liz Stewart
Tristan Sturrock ... Brian Rikard
Martin Ellis Martin Ellis ... Billy Ward
Morgan Val Baker Morgan Val Baker ... Husband
Janet Thirlaway Janet Thirlaway ... Mrs. Peters
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bait See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Early Day Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Much of the film was shot in the Admiral Benbow, Penzance. This pub, opened in 1959, houses thousands of artefacts salvaged from ships wrecked of the Cornish coast and the Isles of Scilly. See more »

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Martin Ward: It's between me and the clamping company
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The New Tin Drum
Written by Thea Gilmore and Nigel Stonier
Performed by Thea Gilmore
Used by permission.
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Bait is a pretty remarkable film. Saw it at the excellent BFI Southbank. It's set in the present day but filmed using techniques from the old silent film era - with sound - including audio - added afterwards. No moving camera. Shot as if the person being spoken to is holding said camera (think Peep Show). Beautiful black and white. It's an extension of the dogme filmmaking mantra. The director is basically sticking two fingers up at CGI and digital technology. And the result is mesmerising. However, would the drama stand up on its own two feet if it were filmed 'conventionally'? To be honest, I doubt it. But I don't think that matters.


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