The picture-postcard idyll of the Cornwall fishing village is misleading. While fishing used to be a way of supporting oneself, wealthy London tourists have now descended and are displacing the locals, whose livelihood is thus threatened. The relationship between brothers Steven and Martin is also strained. Martin is a fisherman without a boat, since Steven started using it for far more lucrative tours for all the day-trippers. They’ve sold the family cottage and now it seems that the final battle to be fought is that with the new owners over the parking space next to the sea. Yet the situation soon gets out of hand, and not just because of the wheel clamp.
Bait is a black-and-white film shot on hand-processed 16mm. Numerous close-ups of fish, nets, lobsters, wellington boots, knots and catch baskets bring to mind the theory of a montage of attractions. The depiction of the different social strata – one could speak of class relations – is also reminiscent of the tradition of social realism in British cinema. Above all, however, a whole lot of current political relevance is waiting to be discovered beneath the different layers of film historical references contained in the images.
United Kingdom 2019
88’ · Black/White
Edward Rowe (Martin Ward)Simon Sheperd (Tim Leigh)Mary Woodvine (Sandra Leigh)Giles King (Steven Ward)Isaac Woodvine (Neil Ward)Chloe Endean (Wenna Kowalski)Jowan Jacobs (Hugo Leigh)Georgia Ellery (Katie Leigh)Stacey Guthrie (Liz Stewart)Tristan Sturrock (Brian Rikard)Janet Thirlaway (Mrs Peters)Morgan Val Baker (Husband)Martin Ellis (Billy Ward)
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.Filmography (selection)
2001 Golden Burn; 69 min. 2007 The Midnight Drives; 95 min. 2011 Happy Christmas; 109 min. 2016 A Forest; 82 min. 2019 Bait
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019
Early Day Filmswww.earlydayfilms.com
The Festival Agency