Pay what you feel screening: FREE/£2/£4/£6/£8

  • Directed by: Mark Jenkin
  • Cast: Ed Rowe, Mary Woodvine
  • Year: 2019
  • Duration: 89min
  • Certificate: 15
  • Type: Film

Shot on analogue film, on a shoestring budget, using a 16mm Bolex clockwork camera, and hand processed by the director himself, Bait is one of the most admired British films of recent times. Proof, if any were needed that conventionally filmed and narrated social realism is not the only vehicle for exploring social fault-lines, Bait is self-consciously stylised. It embraces its own imperfections, uses a deliberately fragmented editing style, and post-synchronises its sound in a way which gives it an astonishing freshness and originality.

A distant descendant of Visconti’s neorealist classic, La Terra Trema, with its story of a fishing community fighting exploitation, Bait pits traditional fishing communities against well-heeled tourists in a way which brings out all the fault-lines of a highly unequal Britain and where the precarity of some sits uneasily alongside the security of others.

The film will be followed by an informal discussion in the screen.

Tickets: Pay What You Feel – FREE / £2 / £4 / £8

We’re offering tickets for this season on a sliding scale – choose what to pay based on your circumstances. If you can afford more, it helps us to give free or cheap tickets for those who may not otherwise be able to attend.

The season is sponsored by The Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference and The Work Futures Research Group, both at Nottingham Trent University.

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