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    United Kingdom


    87 min

    • English


    Behind the picture postcard veneer of a Cornish fishing village trouble brews, two brothers, cove fishermen, at war with each other over how to make a living from the small family fishing boat. And sitting right in the middle is a complication; a son/nephew, a member of the next generation, a personification of compromise. When a tit for tat with incomers escalates and a prank goes horribly wrong the brothers are forced to unite and face the future together. Capturing life in a marginal community Bait explores family breakdowns, love and grief. Bait was shot in late Autumn 2017 on 16mm film using a 1970’s Bolex camera and processed using Mark’s distinct hand processing method giving a unique depth and beauty to the image.


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    • Grand Prix, Audience Award - New Horizons IFF
    • Audience Award for Feature Film - IndieLisboa
    • Mark Jenkin for Best Director (Stockholm XXX Competition) - Stockholm FF
    • Breakthrough Producer (Kate Byers, Linn Waite) - BIFA



    Edward Rowe
    Simon Shepherd
    Mary Woodvine
    Giles King
    Mark Jenkin
    Mark Jenkin
    Mark Jenkin


    One of the most arrestingly strange movies in Berlin this year.

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    A stylish experimental drama from England's rugged Wild West.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Mark Jenkin’s wonderfully weird debut subverts the kitchen sink template to create one of Berlin’s most original and satisfying films.

    Patrick Gamble, CineVue

    A punky, pastoral little movie that draws from the mysticism and iconography of documentaries like Flaherty’s but with a narrative and ironic wit that is inescapably of the here and now.

    The Film Stage

    With his first full-length feature, British director Mark Jenkin continues both his celebration of hand-made filmmaking and his chronicling of Cornish communities under threat from the modern world.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screendaily

    A history lesson in film technique, a contemporary tale about the fault lines in British society and one of the standout debut features of the year.

    Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa

    A picture with an impressive soundscape, in which a bag on the ground can sound like an earthquake and the howling wind is like the crescendo of an orchestra.

    Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa

    Mark  Jenkin

    Mark Jenkin

    United Kingdom

    Born in 1976. Since 1997, he has made more than 50 short films. In 2012, he wrote the "Silent Landscape Dancing Grain 13 Film Manifesto", which comprises 13 rules that he follows when making his own films.