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The Selfish Giant (dir. Clio Barnard, 2013)

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Join us for the 4.20 pm screening of this second feature by Clio Barnard, director of The Arbor.

"The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighbourhood, the two boys meet Kitten, a local scrapdealer, and begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. However, when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming greedy and exploitative, tensions soon start to build, leading to a tragic event which transforms them all.

Inspired by the Victorian fairytale of the same name by Oscar Wilde, the characters of The Selfish Giant are based on people Barnard met while researching The Arbor in and around the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford, including a 14 year old boy called Matty who had been scavenging metal to sell to scrap dealers from the age of 11. Matty had built a makeshift stable in his mum's council house garden to keep his horse who would pull his cart for scrapping, and could make up to £200 a day when scrap prices were high, but his business and livelihood were threatened when the local council threatened to end his family's tenancy if the stable wasn't taken down. By melding together these two contradictory genres, fairytales and social realism, Barnard's aspiration is to tell a contemporary, realist fable.

The Selfish Giant stars Sean Gilder (The Fall, Shameless), Siobhan Finneran (Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Downton Abbey), Lorraine Ashbourne (Oranges and Sunshine), Steve Evets (Looking for Eric), Elliott Tittensor (Spike Island, Shameless) and talented newcomers Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas in their debut acting roles. The film is produced by Tracy O’Riordan (The Arbor, Desh)." (Film4 website).

We’ll meet on the ground floor just inside the entrance from 4.00pm. If enough people sign up, we may be able to get tickets on the day at a special discount price.

In case of any difficulty, my mobile is 0790 500 9995.

Look forward to seeing you there –


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