The Selfish Giant

(2013)
The Selfish Giant

Starring Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder. (15)

 

 

Young newcomers Chapman and Thomas give stunning performances in this grim but moving drama from writer/director Clio Barnard. They play Arbor and Swifty, two young Bradford teens who have been abandoned by both their school and their families, and are surviving by selling stolen copper cable to scummy junk dealer Kitten (Gilder).

 

Loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s short story but bleakly updated to the present day, this is similar in feel to Ken Loach’s moving Kes, and skilfully mixes humour with gritty scenes and heart-wrenching drama. The two leads, and Gilder, are all mesmerising to watch, while Barnard’s script and direction pull you in and don’t let you go until the end credits. A terrific piece of British cinema.

 

 

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

This is a movie for teenagers (15 and over) and adults and is not suitable for younger viewers due to the tragic nature of the plot and strong language.

 

There are some violent scenes and drug references.

 

 

The Selfish Giant
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