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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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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 »


Martin Ward: I haven't lost me temper yet!
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Oh Theresa
Written by Fire Island Pines
Performed by Fire Island Pines
Used by permission.
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26 March 2020 | by preferredfuturesSee all my reviews

This film should make a lot of people squirm. Yes, you with the prosecco.

Brilliantly shot, cut, interesting and occasionally surprising juxtapositions of scenes keep the interest in a relentless, slow burning story that could erupt into violence almost anywhere in the 89 minutes.

We had great sympathy with the Cornish characters, you feel this film, you know it is the truth. In this respect, in addition to the incredible noir, graininess it is a real triumph.

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Early Day Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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