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by Clio Barnard


A contemporary fable about 14-year-old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own community, the boys meet Kitten, a local scrapman, and begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses and Arbor has a business brain and a way with words – they make a good team. But when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming greedy and exploitative, tensions build, leading to a tragic event which transforms them all irrevocably.

international title: The Selfish Giant
original title: The Selfish Giant
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Protagonist Pictures
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Clio Barnard
film run: 93'
release date: UK 25/10/2013, IE 25/10/2013, FR 18/12/2013, BE 15/01/2014, NL 30/01/2014, SE 14/03/2014, NL 23/01/2014
screenplay: Clio Barnard
cast: Sean Gilder, Siobhan Finneran, Lorraine Ashbourne, Steve Evets, Elliott Tittensor, Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas
cinematography by: Mike Eley
film editing: Nick Fenton
art director: Helen Scott
music: Harry Escott
producer: Tracy O'Riordan
production: Moonspun Films, Film4
backing: British Film Institute (BFI)
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, NonStop Entertainment, Cinéart, Cinéart Netherlands B.V., Strada Films, Curzon Artificial Eye

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