The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

The BAFTA-nominated UK filmmaker behind The Arbor places Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale in a modern-day context, following two poor boys who work for a scrap merchant and become caught up in the world of copper theft. Winner of the Europa Cinemas award at Festival de Cannes 2013.

"Inspired by Oscar Wilde's story...  tells the tale of Arbor and Swifty, two young boys growing up in an underprivileged town in Yorkshire. Struggling to fit in at school, and each facing their own challenges at home, the two friends find their seemingly directionless lives given dubious purpose when they meet local scrapdealer Kitten, from whom they learn of the lucrative demand for copper wire. Kitten allows the boys to use his horse and cart to collect scrap metal, but as the pair start getting to grips with the trade, a divide is formed when their mentor starts showing favour towards Swifty, leaving the cocky Arbor feeling excluded and increasingly irresponsible in his actions... 

"Recalls the social realism of Ken Loach's Kes, and the allegorical poetry of Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher and Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank." (London Film Festival)

Winner of Label Europa Cinemas, Cannes Film Festival 2013.
2013Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language93 minsUK
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Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Though inspired by Oscar Wilde's religious allegory, there's nothing genteel – or veiled – about documentary-maker turned writer/director Clio Barnard's powerful portrait of austerity England. And nobody's going to be redeemed either.

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Variety

Variety

The film’s turn toward the tragic is hardly untelegraphed, but its emotional blows still land with crushing precision.

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Total Film

Total Film

Poignant, unflinching slice of hard-knock-life grips tight and lingers long.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

For today’s socially conscious British filmmakers, northern England is more or less what southern Italy was to the postwar neorealists: a landscape of social misery...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Cements Barnard's growing reputation as one of Britain's best film-makers.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

A harsh movie, but it isn’t devoid of hope.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Elevated by excellent performances by the young leads and some unexpectedly poetic touches.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A terrific human drama with standout performances from its young leads.

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